Definition of grump in English:

grump

noun

informal
  • 1A grumpy person.

    ‘he proved a fearful grump—not the flicker of a smile’
    • ‘Next time you come across a grump in the dumps, flash him a grin and a cheerful ‘hello.’’
    • ‘If she does, someone PLEASE remind me not to be a grump and complain how dirty and old everything looks.’
    • ‘He plays him as a cuddly grump, a sweet-natured misanthrope, more doleful than angry.’
    • ‘So what about people's image of him as a reclusive grump?’
    • ‘It is determined to cheer up the region's grumps.’
    • ‘The other one's a grump and because of mistreatment being bred in its bones is just getting used to me.’
    • ‘I was grading for a real curmudgeon, the grump who wound up being my thesis advisor.’
    • ‘He comes across as a grump who thinks poetry on the subway is deep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed my children kept complaining at the family grump reading at the meal table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every yard has its boozers, shirkers, grumps, gamblers and cack-handed riders.’
    • ‘We are, the Diary can merrily reveal, a group of grumps.’
    • ‘We are the top grumps - so come on TV bosses, let us have our slot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm not talking about the loveable grump who means well, or some kind of gruff tough guy with a spongy-soft interior.’
    • ‘But worst, at least from a political perspective, the hectoring made him look like a grump.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘Now, I don't wish to sound like just an old grump.’
    shrew, curmudgeon, discontent, complainer, grumbler, moaner, fault-finder, carper
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    1. 1.1 A fit of sulking.
      ‘the priest was in such a grump about the contributions to a new altar’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘How am I supposed to maintain a good grump with you being so damned cute?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact the very suggestion that my grumpiness may not be entirely my own tends to put me in a bit of a grump.’
      • ‘Maradona is not the only fellow to descend into a grump with world football's organisers.’
      • ‘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.’
      fit of rage, rage, fury, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, bad temper, tantrum, passion, paroxysm
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verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Act in a sulky, grumbling manner.

    ‘he grumped at me when I moved the papers’
    • ‘‘That's the worst I've ever felt after a victory,’ he grumped.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am ready to stop grumping about how badly the project has been handled.’
    • ‘But sometimes you have two choices: swear and mutter and grump, or breath out and go with the flow.’
    • ‘When that didn't work he grumped some more just for good measure, then finally came to a decision.’
    • ‘‘I made a mistake of assuming it was all right to talk about the intellectual fabric around that subject [currency values],’ he grumped.’
    • ‘‘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 the real potential lies in the minds of everyone who has ever grumped about Britain's most beautiful places being overrun by trippers.’
    • ‘Whilst the rest of the world grumped through their first hour or so of consciousness, Chris was alert almost instantly.’
    • ‘The two males are grumping and swearing at each other.’
    • ‘Anyway, we grumped our way into town and did eventually get energised by it all and got through the whole session in good time.’
    • ‘Don't bother with the scenic railway, grumped the driver who picked us up from the Megalong Valley once we'd landed.’
    • ‘He mumped and grumped and moaned around the place.’
    • ‘‘I'm happy with the result, but not the performance,’ the 57-year-old grumped.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I know you're talking about me,’ Mark grumped.’
    • ‘‘Finally, somebody,’ Paula grumped as she let him in.’
    • ‘And finally relating to the first paragraph I wasted the long weekend grumping around the house.’

Origin

Early 18th century: imitating inarticulate sounds expressing displeasure.

Pronunciation

grump

/ɡrʌmp/