Definition of Grinch in English:



North American
  • A spoilsport or killjoy.

    ‘it's hard not to feel like a bit of a Grinch criticizing the importance of 'zine culture’
    • ‘Not to be a Grinch, but there is one historical trend that could bring the holiday blues to all but one candidate.’
    • ‘Ironically, even the Grinches among us are a targeted market during the holidays.’
    • ‘Call me a grinch, but this movie is little more than a thinly veiled cash grab by Disney marketing execs.’
    • ‘Who says that our current government in Washington, D.C. is filled with hard-hearted grinches?’
    • ‘The anti-religion Grinches are out in full force this Christmas season.’
    • ‘If you want to avoid receiving gifts all together, I'm afraid there's no polite way to do that without seeming the Grinch.’
    • ‘Well, I may have had a lot of Grinches to contend with this year, but that doesn't mean I've lost my belief in Santa Claus!’
    • ‘Only a grinch would cavil about the way Norton treats religion.’
    • ‘I don't mean to sound like a Grinch, but that's just the way it is.’
    • ‘And, of course, there's a grinch lurking in North Palm Beach, too.’
    • ‘Why have people suddenly turned into heartless, horrible grinches?’
    • ‘Call me a grinch, but I also thought Floyd's crawfish could have been bigger and fatter.’
    • ‘I am not a grinch contrary to what some people will tell you.’
    • ‘I don't know - maybe it's me; perhaps I am just a grinch - but there is something terribly un-funny about the fun car concept.’
    • ‘We all know it's Christmas, the scrooges and grinches all know it's Christmas and the cash registers at the mall all know it's Christmas.’
    • ‘By the time we loaded the kids in the van, I'd slaved for hours and resembled the neighborhood grinch.’
    • ‘Ah you can see I am bursting with the joys of Christmas. Bah humbug. I am the grinch (who wishes he could steal Christmas).’
    • ‘I do believe my inner grinch is settling in about a week early this year.’
    • ‘I'm not the biggest fan of annual gift day, but i try not to be a grinch about it because a lot of heartfelt feeling goes into it for a lot of people, regardless of how misguided I might think it is.’


1970s: the name of a character in the children's story How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) by Dr Seuss.