grouse

1
[grous]
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Origin of grouse

1
First recorded in 1525–35; origin uncertain
Related formsgrouse·less, adjectivegrouse·like, adjective

grouse

2
[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.
noun
  1. a complaint.

Origin of grouse

2
1850–55; origin uncertain; cf. grouch
Related formsgrous·er, noun

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grouse

3
[grous]
adjective Australian Slang.
  1. excellent; great; wonderful.

Origin of grouse

3
First recorded in 1940–45; origin uncertain
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Related Words for grouse

grievance, bellyache, grumble, gripe, squealer, grouch

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British Dictionary definitions for grouse

grouse

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

Word Origin for grouse

C19: of unknown origin

grouse

2
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
adjective
  1. Australian and NZ slang excellent
Derived Formsgrouselike, adjective

Word Origin for grouse

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.

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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