- 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
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Examples from the Web for grumpy
It was a peculiar moment where viral content came to life; as if Grumpy Cat came onstage and began speaking.Charlie Rangel Dances On
June 25, 2014
The second annual Friskies cat-video awards show, featuring an appearance from Grumpy Cat, will decide October 15.The Friskies Awards Aim to Find the Next Internet Cat Star October 15
September 22, 2013
When the candidate was sullen and grumpy—which was often—he could read his mood and adjust the bubble accordingly.No Drama Obama’s Dramatic 2012 Reelection Campaign
September 12, 2013
Most of his time, though, is dedicated to one famous little sourpuss: Grumpy Cat.
From a coffee line to an upcoming movie, Grumpy has it made.
Of course, now and then he's grumpy--but he always has had fits of grumpiness.Viviette
William J. Locke
It is not likely that Grumpy knew exactly what her son was crying for.
But Grumpy and Little Johnny were the best known of them all.
Luckily, all the jam-pots were at Johnny's end; he stayed by them, and Grumpy stayed by him.
The rather numerous men of the family were dense and grumpy, or dense and jocose.Chance
- peevish; sulkyAlso: grumpish
C18: from grump + -y 1
Word Origin and History for grumpy
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper