or grump·ish

[ gruhm-pee ]
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adjective,grump·i·er, grump·i·est.
  1. 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

Other words from grumpy

  • grump·i·ly, adverb
  • grump·i·ness, noun
  • un·grump·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use grumpy in a sentence

  • Cue fake dating for Instagram likes and adorable caretaking between a grumpy former athlete and a PhD student.

    Best romance novels of 2020 | Sarah Wendell | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
  • "Gie's my socks," he ordered grumpily, flinging Robert's socks into the far corner of the kitchen.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • More thorough than there was need for, said Farnum, grumpily.

  • "The smell o' treasure warps my judgment," grumpily confessed Trimble Rogers.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer | Ralph D. Paine
  • Hutchinson sat down rather grumpily, and Mrs. Bowse and Little Ann went down the stairs together.

    T. Tembarom | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "I wish I had a couple of nice little poets here to feed the children with," said he, grumpily.

    The Pond | Carl Ewald

British Dictionary definitions for grumpy


/ (ˈɡrʌmpɪ) /

adjectivegrumpier or grumpiest
  1. peevish; sulky: Also: grumpish

Origin of grumpy

C18: from grump + -y 1

Derived forms of grumpy

  • grumpily or grumpishly, adverb
  • grumpiness or grumpishness, noun

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