Definition of grumpy in English:



  • Bad-tempered and sulky.

    ‘his performance as the grumpy gateman’
    ‘he's grumpy because he hasn't heard from you’
    • ‘I'll just be miserable and grumpy here, all by myself, without any help from anyone else, thank you.’
    • ‘If you think there's a hint of the grumpy old man there, you'd be right.’
    • ‘I marked my return by getting the bout of sinusitis that made last week's entries so grumpy.’
    • ‘The day-time guard at the entrance to our village is the most grumpy and surly man.’
    • ‘She gets very hot and grumpy, sweats lots, dehydrates and needs to be fed more, etc.’
    • ‘I particularly enjoyed my encounter with the lighthouse's grumpy postmistress.’
    • ‘Why wait upon grumpy old guests who don't appreciate those lovely locks all over their soup?’
    • ‘Some news stories make me feel like a grumpy old man but I think I'm justified here.’
    • ‘In spite of a couple of insanely grumpy reviews, this film is an utter charmer.’
    • ‘Far from from frumpy and grumpy, it seems many older men care about their appearance and have a positive outlook on life.’
    • ‘For years, gift-givers have agonised over what to buy relations who happen to be grumpy teenage boys.’
    • ‘With it being Easter, you're likely to be feeling stuffed, tired or grumpy.’
    • ‘He calls himself a grumpy old man in the book, maybe to discourage reviewers from using the expression against him.’
    • ‘When we got to the end of the drive, he was a bit grumpy again, and then said I'd passed, despite a couple of minor faults.’
    • ‘Increasingly grumpy and queasy-looking, you wonder how long he can carry on.’
    • ‘I didn't even feel like going partying when my equally grumpy friends asked me to.’
    • ‘There are plenty of negative reviews written by grumpy people about this film.’
    • ‘Those are not aimed at anyone who reads this, and I'm honestly not as grumpy as I sound.’
    • ‘Like all of us, he could be grumpy and cantankerous, but he was never mean-spirited in deed or thought.’
    • ‘Read a selection of past interviews and you're left with a picture of a truculent, grumpy old curmudgeon.’
    bad-tempered, ill-tempered, short-tempered, crotchety, crabby, crabbed, tetchy, testy, waspish, prickly, peppery, touchy, irritable, irascible, crusty, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, bearish, surly, churlish, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish, cross, as cross as two sticks, fractious, disagreeable, pettish
    having got out of bed on the wrong side
    grouchy, snappy, snappish, chippy, on a short fuse, short-fused
    shirty, stroppy, narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore head
    cranky, ornery, soreheaded
    miffy, waxy
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