Definition of grump in English:



  • 1A grumpy person.

    ‘he proved a fearful grump—not the flicker of a smile’
    • ‘Every yard has its boozers, shirkers, grumps, gamblers and cack-handed riders.’
    • ‘As we approach the announcement of the winner of the award it seems like the perfect time to celebrate some of the curmudgeons and grumps that (for whatever reason) decided not to play…’
    • ‘I'm not talking about the loveable grump who means well, or some kind of gruff tough guy with a spongy-soft interior.’
    • ‘Next time you come across a grump in the dumps, flash him a grin and a cheerful ‘hello.’’
    • ‘I was grading for a real curmudgeon, the grump who wound up being my thesis advisor.’
    • ‘I ask him if his books are his children, and sense the old grump in his response that, if they are, they're children he can't wait to be rid of.’
    • ‘He comes across as a grump who thinks poetry on the subway is deep.’
    • ‘Indeed my children kept complaining at the family grump reading at the meal table.’
    • ‘But worst, at least from a political perspective, the hectoring made him look like a grump.’
    • ‘So what about people's image of him as a reclusive grump?’
    • ‘It's perfect for all those grumps who complain about owners rooting against their favorite major league teams for the benefit of their fantasy squads.’
    • ‘He plays him as a cuddly grump, a sweet-natured misanthrope, more doleful than angry.’
    • ‘It is determined to cheer up the region's grumps.’
    • ‘We are the top grumps - so come on TV bosses, let us have our slot.’
    • ‘The other one's a grump and because of mistreatment being bred in its bones is just getting used to me.’
    • ‘We are, the Diary can merrily reveal, a group of grumps.’
    • ‘If she does, someone PLEASE remind me not to be a grump and complain how dirty and old everything looks.’
    • ‘Now, I don't wish to sound like just an old grump.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm being a grump - perhaps it's good for our society to have shared community moments.’
    • ‘These are poets as moral actors voicing concerns and dilemmas; they are conscience-stricken purchasers, harassed homemakers, debonair lovers, anxious motorists and old grumps.’
    shrew, curmudgeon, discontent, complainer, grumbler, moaner, fault-finder, carper
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    1. 1.1A fit of sulking.
      ‘the priest was in such a grump about the contributions to a new altar’
      • ‘She was just in a grump because she had been stood up by someone whom she likes very much but doesn't like her back.’
      • ‘Are you in a grump because of your cough, or is there nobody out there?’
      • ‘I don't like crowded places, and he was in a grump too (only ever happens when he feels ill, so I suppose I should be grateful).’
      • ‘Maradona is not the only fellow to descend into a grump with world football's organisers.’
      • ‘How am I supposed to maintain a good grump with you being so damned cute?’
      • ‘In fact the very suggestion that my grumpiness may not be entirely my own tends to put me in a bit of a grump.’
      • ‘And I got the grumps today because nine of ten friends I called today to ask nicely to hang out with said they couldn't, even if today was the only day in the week I could even contemplate hanging out.’
      fit of rage, rage, fury, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, bad temper, tantrum, passion, paroxysm
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[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Act in a sulky, grumbling manner.

    ‘he grumped at me when I moved the papers’
    • ‘But the real potential lies in the minds of everyone who has ever grumped about Britain's most beautiful places being overrun by trippers.’
    • ‘When that didn't work he grumped some more just for good measure, then finally came to a decision.’
    • ‘‘I'm booked into the hairdresser's for a cut this afternoon before the performance and can't make up my mind between two different styles,’ he grumped as we entered the performance hall.’
    • ‘But Delphine grumped under her breath and sighed and then returned to her coffee.’
    • ‘But sometimes you have two choices: swear and mutter and grump, or breath out and go with the flow.’
    • ‘Anyway, we grumped our way into town and did eventually get energised by it all and got through the whole session in good time.’
    • ‘‘I'm happy with the result, but not the performance,’ the 57-year-old grumped.’
    • ‘‘I know you're talking about me,’ Mark grumped.’
    • ‘I am ready to stop grumping about how badly the project has been handled.’
    • ‘Sure, you've picked out something special for the spouse, the kids are taken care of, and you think you've even found something that your grump of a father-in-law won't grump about.’
    • ‘‘Finally, somebody,’ Paula grumped as she let him in.’
    • ‘Whilst the rest of the world grumped through their first hour or so of consciousness, Chris was alert almost instantly.’
    • ‘‘I made a mistake of assuming it was all right to talk about the intellectual fabric around that subject [currency values],’ he grumped.’
    • ‘‘That's the worst I've ever felt after a victory,’ he grumped.’
    • ‘He mumped and grumped and moaned around the place.’
    • ‘With most recent economic indicators pointing to a belated, but strong, recovery, they have been reduced to grumping about the pay levels of the new jobs being created.’
    • ‘The two males are grumping and swearing at each other.’
    • ‘Don't bother with the scenic railway, grumped the driver who picked us up from the Megalong Valley once we'd landed.’
    • ‘If to this you add awareness that not everyone else is as fortunate as you, I believe there's no valid reason any fellow homeschooler should grump at you.’
    • ‘And finally relating to the first paragraph I wasted the long weekend grumping around the house.’


Early 18th century: imitating inarticulate sounds expressing displeasure.