adjective, grout·i·er, grout·i·est.

sulky; surly; bad-tempered.

Nearby words

  1. grouse,
  2. grout,
  3. grout box,
  4. groutlock brick,
  5. grouts,
  6. grove,
  7. grove city,
  8. grove, robert moses,
  9. grove, sir george,
  10. grovel

Origin of grouty

1825–35; grout to grumble, sulk, of uncertain origin (cf. grouse2, grouch) + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grouty

  • Father wanted to pick a quarrel,” she repeated, turning to Deborah; “he's been kind of grouty to Barney for some time.

    Pembroke|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • He then subsided, but was grouty all the balance of the day.

    In and Out of Rebel Prisons|Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
  • It was a grouty person, indeed, who could look into Ruth Fielding's frank countenance and not return her smile.

    Ruth Fielding At College|Alice B. Emerson