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grumpy

or grump·ish

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

OTHER WORDS FROM grumpy

grump·i·ly, adverbgrump·i·ness, nounun·grump·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for grumpy

grumpy
/ (ˈɡrʌmpɪ) /

adjective grumpier or grumpiest
peevish; sulkyAlso: grumpish

Derived forms of grumpy

grumpily or grumpishly, adverbgrumpiness or grumpishness, noun

Word Origin for grumpy

C18: from grump + -y 1
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