- pretended disdain for something one does not or cannot have: She said that she and her husband didn't want to join the club anyway, but it was clearly sour grapes.
Origin of sour grapes
Examples from the Web for sour grapes
He tried the sour-grapes idea: perhaps Injun hadn't learned anything that amounted to anything, after all.Injun and Whitey to the Rescue
William S. Hart
- (functioning as singular) the attitude of affecting to despise something because one cannot or does not have it oneself
Idioms and Phrases with sour grapes
Disparaging what one cannot obtain, as in The losers' scorn for the award is pure sour grapes. This expression alludes to the Greek writer Aesop's famous fable about a fox that cannot reach some grapes on a high vine and announces that they are sour. In English the fable was first recorded in William Caxton's 1484 translation, “The fox said these raisins be sour.”