grouty

[ grou-tee ]
/ ˈgraʊ ti /
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adjective, grout·i·er, grout·i·est.

sulky; surly; bad-tempered.

Origin of grouty

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