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 grumpily

Historical Examples of grumpily

  • "Oh, well, if that's all you like me," said Johnny grumpily.

    The Innocent Adventuress

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • I muttered, grumpily, that I had no particular respect for Falk.


    Joseph Conrad

  • "Give me another chance and we'll have another chase," I told him grumpily.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • “Yes,” said the other grumpily, as if disinclined even for conversation.

    Picked up at Sea

    J.C. Hutcheson

  • “Mr. Cleigh,” said the boy, grumpily, as he presented a letter and a small box.

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for grumpily


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 grumpily



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper