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grouse1

[grous]
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noun, plural grouse, grous·es.
  1. any of numerous gallinaceous birds of the subfamily Tetraoninae.Compare black grouse, capercaillie, ruffed grouse, spruce grouse.
  2. British. the red grouse.
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Origin of grouse1

First recorded in 1525–35; origin uncertain
Related formsgrouse·less, adjectivegrouse·like, adjective

grouse2

[grous]Informal.
verb (used without object), groused, grous·ing.
  1. to grumble; complain: I've never met anyone who grouses so much about his work.
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noun
  1. a complaint.
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Origin of grouse2

1850–55; origin uncertain; cf. grouch
Related formsgrous·er, noun

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1. gripe, fret, fuss.

grouse3

[grous]
adjective Australian Slang.
  1. excellent; great; wonderful.
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Origin of grouse3

First recorded in 1940–45; origin uncertain
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grouse1

verb
  1. (intr) to grumble; complain
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noun
  1. a persistent complaint
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Derived Formsgrouser, noun

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

grouse2

noun plural grouse or grouses
  1. any gallinaceous bird of the family Tetraonidae, occurring mainly in the N hemisphere, having a stocky body and feathered legs and feet. They are popular game birdsSee also black grouse, red grouse
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adjective
  1. Australian and NZ slang excellent
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Derived Formsgrouselike, adjective

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for grouse

n.

type of game bird, 1530s, grows (plural, used collectively), of unknown origin, possibly from Latin or Welsh.

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v.

"complain," 1885 (implied in grousergroucer, from Old French groucier "to murmur, grumble," of imitative origin (cf. Greek gru "a grunt," gruzein "to grumble"). Related: Groused; grousing. As a noun from 1918, from the verb.

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