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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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  • "Grousing" is Tommy Atkins for grumbling, which is an Englishman's birthright.

  • No doubt you were often bored, and did your share of grousing.

    John Brown

    Captain R. W. Campbell

  • Grousing because he can't sit in an easy-chair and swig toddies no end!

    Pirates' Hope

    Francis Lynde

  • I suppose he was grousing and grumbling about that when you went out for a walk this afternoon.

    The Graftons

    Archibald Marshall

  • After all, Richenda's "grousing" was a little spoiling her fun.

    The Story of Louie

    Oliver Onions

British Dictionary definitions for grousing


  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 grousing



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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