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grumpy

or grump·ish

[gruhm-pee]
adjective, grump·i·er, grump·i·est.
  1. 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
Related formsgrump·i·ly, adverbgrump·i·ness, nounun·grump·y, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • "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

grumpy

adjective grumpier or grumpiest
  1. peevish; sulkyAlso: grumpish
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Derived Formsgrumpily or grumpishly, adverbgrumpiness or grumpishness, noun

Word Origin

C18: from grump + -y 1
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Word Origin and History for grumpiest

grumpy

adj.

1778, from grump + -y (2). Related: Grumpily; grumpiness.

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