Definition of grinch in English:



  • A person who is mean-spirited and unfriendly.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only a grinch would cavil about the way Norton treats religion.’
    • ‘Who says that our current government in Washington, D.C. is filled with hard-hearted grinches?’
    • ‘By the time we loaded the kids in the van, I'd slaved for hours and resembled the neighborhood grinch.’
    • ‘And, of course, there's a grinch lurking in North Palm Beach, too.’
    • ‘I do believe my inner grinch is settling in about a week early this year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ah you can see I am bursting with the joys of Christmas. Bah humbug. I am the grinch (who wishes he could steal Christmas).’
    • ‘Why have people suddenly turned into heartless, horrible grinches?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Call me a grinch, but this movie is little more than a thinly veiled cash grab by Disney marketing execs.’
    • ‘I am not a grinch contrary to what some people will tell you.’
    • ‘Call me a grinch, but I also thought Floyd's crawfish could have been bigger and fatter.’


Mid 20th century: from the name of the title character in Dr. Seuss's book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" (1957).