or grump·ish


adjective, grump·i·er, grump·i·est.

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grumpiest

Historical Examples of 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


adjective grumpier or grumpiest

peevish; sulkyAlso: grumpish
Derived Formsgrumpily or grumpishly, adverbgrumpiness or grumpishness, noun

Word Origin for grumpy

C18: from grump + -y 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for grumpiest



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper