adjective, grouch·i·er, grouch·i·est.

sullenly discontented; sulky; morose; ill-tempered.

Origin of grouchy

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; grouch + -y1
Related formsgrouch·i·ly, adverbgrouch·i·ness, noun




Em·ma·nu·el [e-ma-ny-el] /ɛ ma nüˈɛl/, Marquis de,1766–1847, French general. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective grouchier or grouchiest

informal bad-tempered; tending to complain; peevish
Derived Formsgrouchily, adverbgrouchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grouchy

1895, U.S. college student slang, from grouch + -y (2). Related: Grouchily; grouchiness.

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