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[souuh r-poo s, sou-er-]
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noun Informal.
  1. a person having a grouchy disposition that is often accompanied by a scowling facial expression.
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Origin of sourpuss

First recorded in 1935–40; sour + puss2
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Related Words for sourpuss

sorehead, grump, crank, crab, killjoy, growler, whiner, curmudgeon, crosspatch, faultfinder, griper, sulker

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British Dictionary definitions for sourpuss


  1. informal a person whose facial expression or nature is habitually gloomy or sullen
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Word Origin for sourpuss

C20: from sour + puss ²
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Word Origin and History for sourpuss


1937, from sour (adj.) + puss (n.2) "face."

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