grouse

1
[ grous ]
/ graʊs /

noun, plural grouse, grous·es.

any of numerous gallinaceous birds of the subfamily Tetraoninae.Compare black grouse, capercaillie, ruffed grouse, spruce grouse.
British. the red grouse.

Origin of grouse

1
First recorded in 1525–35; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM grouse

grouse·less, adjectivegrouse·like, adjective

Definition for grouse (2 of 3)

grouse2
[ grous ]
/ graʊs /
Informal.

verb (used without object), groused, grous·ing.

to grumble; complain: I've never met anyone who grouses so much about his work.

noun

a complaint.

Origin of grouse

2
1850–55; origin uncertain; cf. grouch

OTHER WORDS FROM grouse

grous·er, noun

Definition for grouse (3 of 3)

grouse3
[ grous ]
/ graʊs /

adjective Australian Slang.

excellent; great; wonderful.

Origin of grouse

3
First recorded in 1940–45; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for grouse (1 of 2)

grouse1
/ (ɡraʊs) /

verb

(intr) to grumble; complain

noun

a persistent complaint

Derived forms of grouse

grouser, noun

Word Origin for grouse

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for grouse (2 of 2)

grouse2
/ (ɡraʊs) /

noun plural grouse or grouses

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

adjective

Australian and NZ slang excellent

Derived forms of grouse

grouselike, adjective

Word Origin for grouse

C16: of unknown origin
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