Definition of grouch in US English:



  • 1A habitually grumpy person.

    ‘rock's foremost poet and ill-mannered grouch’
    • ‘I might have been guilty of this myself when younger, but that's not gonna stop me from being an old grouch about it now.’
    • ‘This is why I like him; he's an entertaining grouch.’
    • ‘At the risk of sounding a tad Baden Powell, the combination of fresh air, freedom and new friends on tap transformed the children from hooded grouches into apple-cheeked moppets.’
    • ‘Yeah - I know - don't be a grouch, don't whine, it's part of living in New York City.’
    • ‘But when he's on form, he's as brilliant as former partner John - and less of a grouch.’
    • ‘Some people talk about depressive realism, the idea that depressed people see reality better, but it occurred to me that maybe any success I'd had in life was in spite of being a grouch, not because of being a grouch, so I resolved to change.’
    • ‘You have the perfect opportunity to turn the grouch in your life into the equivalent of Santa's little helper this weekend.’
    • ‘It merely brands you as the department's top grumbler, grouch and complainer.’
    • ‘Consequently I now have a reputation as a sourpuss and a grouch.’
    • ‘To a grouch, changes in a business environment are nothing more than bubbles.’
    • ‘Sorry, I'm a grouch, but can we do this tomorrow?’
    • ‘Cheer up, Jason, you look like a little grouch.’
    • ‘To be fair though I've only ever had a handful of complaints about the language in three years so the grouches keep it to themselves or just never come back.’
    • ‘It is not that I want to come over as an old grouch or crank but if there ever is a serious accident all comment on the issue would receive the answer ‘I told you so’.’
    • ‘The usage grouches are just flat wrong about the history and structure of English.’
    • ‘This happens to me every year, this discontented meteorological limbo, and I know I'm a grouch until the first real cold snap arrives.’
    • ‘You're a cynical grouch, says my colleague in a huff, as she fails to win me over with her ‘romantic ‘ideals.’
    • ‘It wouldn't be so funny to hear just any ordinary grouch complaining about his wife's idiosyncrasies to a starving 6-year-old.’
    • ‘And if I can stop whining, you can stop being such a grouch.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, several foreign crew members who were unaccustomed to the punishing heat and humidity turned into sluggish grouches.’
    grumbler, complainer, moaner, discontent, malcontent, fault-finder, carper
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    1. 1.1 A complaint or grumble.
      ‘my only real grouch was that the children's chorus was far less easy on the ear’
      • ‘Of course, no car is perfect, and I did have a couple of grouches with this one.’
      • ‘Indeed, the main grouch with him was not his decision to come out, but his decision to first deny it.’
      complaint, complaining, grouse, grousing, moan, moaning, moans and groans, grouching, grumble, whining, carping, muttering, murmur, murmuring, whispering
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    2. 1.2 A fit of grumbling or sulking.
      ‘he's in a thundering grouch’


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  • Voice one's discontent in an ill-tempered manner; grumble.

    ‘there's not a lot to grouch about’
    • ‘Even if we're headed in that direction and the progress is irritatingly sluggish, one shouldn't be grouching about it.’
    • ‘Last time we met he was in spectacular sore head mode, grouching at a line of questioning he didn't like and being airily evasive if he felt we were getting too deep.’
    • ‘You may complain, they say; you may grouch about globalisation, bellyache about environmental destruction, grizzle about consumer society.’
    • ‘I can so understand that, and I wouldn't want to spoil any of the fun of that by participating in a grouchy thread, but I don't really think anyone's grouching.’
    • ‘‘Sorry for not leaping for joy,’ he grouched in an annoyed fashion.’
    • ‘And the pressure is on to stop grouching and help boost a sagging Christmas retail season.’
    • ‘David had done a bit of grouching himself the first time he'd met Harry.’
    • ‘Cultural exiles in a world they had created, disgruntled Hawks spent their most triumphant decade not basking in their new uncontested power but grouching about how America had gone ‘soft,’ become feminized.’
    • ‘Instead of closing the barn door after the horses have galloped to freedom and grouching about the loss of your property… why not open the barn door and let them bound free?’
    • ‘And the next day was an authentic Boxing Day, too: the kids fighting over toys and eating cold leftovers; the adults grouching at them through the half-closed eyes of a hangover.’
    • ‘The anti-Valentine zealots are not just grouching about a harmless festivity.’
    • ‘Before you roll your eyes, before you grouch, before you yell at me, wait.’
    grumble, complain, grouse, moan, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, grieve, sigh
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Late 19th century: variant of obsolete grutch, from Old French grouchier ‘to grumble, murmur’, of unknown origin. Compare with grudge.