or grump·ish

[ gruhm-pee ]
/ ˈgrʌm pi /

adjective, grump·i·er, grump·i·est.

surly or ill-tempered; discontentedly or sullenly irritable; grouchy.


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Origin of grumpy

1770–80; grump expressive word, first attested in the phrase humps and grumps slights and snubs + -y1


grump·i·ly, adverbgrump·i·ness, nounun·grump·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for grumpiest

  • "You're the grumpiest old curmudgeon I ever knew," said Gordon, interrupting my cogitations.

    A Top-Floor Idyl|George van Schaick

British Dictionary definitions for grumpiest

/ (ˈɡrʌmpɪ) /

adjective grumpier or grumpiest

peevish; sulkyAlso: grumpish

Derived forms of grumpy

grumpily or grumpishly, adverbgrumpiness or grumpishness, noun

Word Origin for grumpy

C18: from grump + -y 1
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