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.

Nearby words

  1. groupism,
  2. groupoid,
  3. groupthink,
  4. groupuscule,
  5. groupware,
  6. grout,
  7. grout box,
  8. groutlock brick,
  9. grouts,
  10. grouty

Origin of grouse

1
First recorded in 1525–35; origin uncertain

Related formsgrouse·less, adjectivegrouse·like, adjective

grouse

2
[ 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

Related formsgrous·er, noun

grouse

3
[ 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

grouse

1
/ (ɡraʊs) /

verb

(intr) to grumble; complain

noun

a persistent complaint
Derived Formsgrouser, noun

Word Origin for grouse

C19: of unknown origin

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 Formsgrouselike, adjective

Word Origin for grouse

C16: of unknown origin

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