grumpy

or grump·ish

[gruhm-pee]
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adjective, grump·i·er, grump·i·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. grummet,
  2. grumose,
  3. grumous,
  4. grump,
  5. grumphie,
  6. grundel,
  7. grundies,
  8. grundy,
  9. grundy, felix,
  10. grundyism

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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Examples 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

grumpy

adjective grumpier or grumpiest

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

Word Origin for grumpy

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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