Adjective "grouch" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A habitually grumpy person.
  1. 'Yeah - I know - don't be a grouch, don't whine, it's part of living in New York City.'
  2. 'At the risk of sounding a tad Baden Powell, the combination of fresh air, freedom and new friends on tap transformed the children from hooded grouches into apple-cheeked moppets.'
  3. 'Consequently I now have a reputation as a sourpuss and a grouch.'
  4. 'And if I can stop whining, you can stop being such a grouch.'
  5. 'Meanwhile, several foreign crew members who were unaccustomed to the punishing heat and humidity turned into sluggish grouches.'
  6. 'Some people talk about depressive realism, the idea that depressed people see reality better, but it occurred to me that maybe any success I'd had in life was in spite of being a grouch, not because of being a grouch, so I resolved to change.'
  7. 'I might have been guilty of this myself when younger, but that's not gonna stop me from being an old grouch about it now.'
  8. 'To be fair though I've only ever had a handful of complaints about the language in three years so the grouches keep it to themselves or just never come back.'
  9. 'This is why I like him; he's an entertaining grouch.'
  10. 'It is not that I want to come over as an old grouch or crank but if there ever is a serious accident all comment on the issue would receive the answer ‘I told you so’.'
  11. 'my only real grouch was that the children's chorus was less easy on the ear'
  12. 'Of course, no car is perfect, and I did have a couple of grouches with this one.'


Voice one's discontent ill-temperedly; grumble.
  1. 'And the next day was an authentic Boxing Day, too: the kids fighting over toys and eating cold leftovers; the adults grouching at them through the half-closed eyes of a hangover.'
  2. 'Before you roll your eyes, before you grouch, before you yell at me, wait.'
  3. 'Last time we met he was in spectacular sore head mode, grouching at a line of questioning he didn't like and being airily evasive if he felt we were getting too deep.'
  4. 'You may complain, they say; you may grouch about globalisation, bellyache about environmental destruction, grizzle about consumer society.'
  5. 'Cultural exiles in a world they had created, disgruntled Hawks spent their most triumphant decade not basking in their new uncontested power but grouching about how America had gone ‘soft,’ become feminized.'
  6. 'Instead of closing the barn door after the horses have galloped to freedom and grouching about the loss of your property… why not open the barn door and let them bound free?'

More definitions

verb (used without object)

1. to be sulky or morose; show discontent; complain, especially in an irritable way.


2. a sulky, complaining, or morose person.

3. a sulky, irritable, or morose mood.


Late 19th century: variant of obsolete grutch, from Old French grouchier ‘to grumble, murmur’, of unknown origin. Compare with grudge.