[ gruhmp ]
/ grʌmp /


a person given to constant complaining.
Informal. the grumps, a depressed or sulky mood.

verb (used without object)

to complain or sulk.

Nearby words

  1. grume,
  2. grumly,
  3. grummet,
  4. grumose,
  5. grumous,
  6. grumphie,
  7. grumpy,
  8. grundel,
  9. grundies,
  10. grundy

Origin of grump

First recorded in 1835–45; probably back formation from grumpy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grump


/ (ɡrʌmp) informal /


a surly or bad-tempered person
(plural) a sulky or morose mood (esp in the phrase have the grumps)


(intr) to complain or grumble

Word Origin for grump

C18: dialect grump surly remark, probably of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for grump



"ill-humor," 1727, in humps and grumps "surly remarks," later the grumps "a fit of ill-humor" (1844), then "a person in ill humor" (1900); perhaps an extended sense of grum "morose, surly," which probably is related to Danish grum "cruel;" or perhaps suggested by grumble, grunt, etc.

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