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

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Contemporary Examples of grumpy

Historical Examples of grumpy

  • Of course, now and then he's grumpy--but he always has had fits of grumpiness.


    William J. Locke

  • It is not likely that Grumpy knew exactly what her son was crying for.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • Luckily, all the jam-pots were at Johnny's end; he stayed by them, and Grumpy stayed by him.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • But Grumpy and Little Johnny were the best known of them all.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • The rather numerous men of the family were dense and grumpy, or dense and jocose.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for 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 grumpy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper