verb (used without object)

to be sulky or morose; show discontent; complain, especially in an irritable way.


a sulky, complaining, or morose person.
a sulky, irritable, or morose mood.

Nearby words

  1. grotius,
  2. grotius, hugo,
  3. groton,
  4. grotto,
  5. grotty,
  6. grouchy,
  7. grouchy, emmanuel, marquis de,
  8. grough,
  9. ground,
  10. ground alert

Origin of grouch

1890–95, Americanism; variant of obsolete grutch < Old French groucher to grumble. See grudge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grouch


verb (intr)

to complain; grumble


a complaint, esp a persistent one
a person who is always grumbling

Word Origin for grouch

C20: from obsolete grutch, from Old French grouchier to complain; see grudge

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