grouch

[ grouch ]
/ graʊtʃ /

verb (used without object)

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

noun

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

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Origin of grouch

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; variant of obsolete grutch, from Middle English grucchen, gruchen “to murmur, grumble,” from Old French grocier, grouchier “to grumble”; see grudge
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British Dictionary definitions for grouch

grouch
/ (ɡraʊtʃ) informal /

verb (intr)

to complain; grumble

noun

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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