sourpuss

[ souuh r-poo s, sou-er- ]
/ ˈsaʊərˌpʊs, ˈsaʊ ər- /

noun Informal.

a person having a grouchy disposition that is often accompanied by a scowling facial expression.

Nearby words

  1. sourcing,
  2. sourdine,
  3. sourdough,
  4. sourly,
  5. sourness,
  6. soursop,
  7. sourveld,
  8. sourwood,
  9. sous chef,
  10. sous vide

Origin of sourpuss

First recorded in 1935–40; sour + puss2

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British Dictionary definitions for sourpuss

sourpuss

/ (ˈsaʊəˌpʊs) /

noun

informal a person whose facial expression or nature is habitually gloomy or sullen

Word Origin for sourpuss

C20: from sour + puss ²

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Word Origin and History for sourpuss

sourpuss

n.

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

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