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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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  1. a complaint.
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Origin of grouse2

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


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Historical Examples

  • E wasn't arf a grouser, an' 'e 'ad good luck all the bloomin' time.

    Mud and Khaki

    Vernon Bartlett

  • Malcolm turned, and found that the speaker was Grouser Joliffe.

    A Lively Bit of the Front

    Percy F. Westerman

  • The "grouser" is always with us, and sometimes gives trouble.

  • Do what I will my pen carries me away and I find myself writing like an ill-conditioned "grouser."

  • Grouser—he had not been with the Battalion long—found vent for his feelings.

    Norman Ten Hundred

    A. Stanley Blicq

British Dictionary definitions for grouser


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

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin


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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  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 grouser



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

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"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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