[ grou-tee ]

adjective,grout·i·er, grout·i·est.
  1. sulky; surly; bad-tempered.

Origin of grouty

1825–35; grout to grumble, sulk, of uncertain origin (cf. grouse2, grouch) + -y1

Words Nearby grouty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use grouty in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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
  • The very library caught contagion from him, and became grouty and sombre.

    The Ghost | William. D. O'Connor
  • Stale meat will make broth grouty and bad tasted, and fat meat is wasted.

  • If not of sufficient stiffness, it falls to pieces, and makes soup, &c. grouty and very unsightly.