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adjective, grouch·i·er, grouch·i·est.
  1. sullenly discontented; sulky; morose; ill-tempered.
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Origin of grouchy

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


  1. Em·ma·nu·el [e-ma-ny-el] /ɛ ma nüˈɛl/, Marquis de,1766–1847, French general.
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Related Words for grouchy

crusty, cantankerous, testy, petulant, surly, grumpy, irascible, cross, discontented, grumbling, ill-tempered, peevish, querulous, snappy, sulky

Examples from the Web for grouchy

Historical Examples of grouchy

  • Well, I was that grouchy I wouldn't look at myself in the glass.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • "I don't play to the grandstand," growled the grouchy pitcher.

  • It is said that he waited for Grouchy to join him before the close of the action.

  • But ask them of somebody other than his grouchy eight-year-old bodyguard.


    Harry Harrison

  • The boys waved their hands in farewell to the grouchy sentry.

British Dictionary definitions for grouchy


adjective grouchier or grouchiest
  1. informal bad-tempered; tending to complain; peevish
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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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