Definition of grump in US English:

grump

noun

informal
  • 1A grumpy person.

    • ‘These are poets as moral actors voicing concerns and dilemmas; they are conscience-stricken purchasers, harassed homemakers, debonair lovers, anxious motorists and old grumps.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘If she does, someone PLEASE remind me not to be a grump and complain how dirty and old everything looks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He plays him as a cuddly grump, a sweet-natured misanthrope, more doleful than angry.’
    • ‘Indeed my children kept complaining at the family grump reading at the meal table.’
    • ‘It is determined to cheer up the region's grumps.’
    • ‘Every yard has its boozers, shirkers, grumps, gamblers and cack-handed riders.’
    • ‘So what about people's image of him as a reclusive grump?’
    • ‘We are the top grumps - so come on TV bosses, let us have our slot.’
    • ‘Now, I don't wish to sound like just an old grump.’
    • ‘But worst, at least from a political perspective, the hectoring made him look like a grump.’
    • ‘We are, the Diary can merrily reveal, a group of grumps.’
    • ‘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'm not talking about the loveable grump who means well, or some kind of gruff tough guy with a spongy-soft interior.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm being a grump - perhaps it's good for our society to have shared community moments.’
    • ‘The other one's a grump and because of mistreatment being bred in its bones is just getting used to me.’
    • ‘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.’
    shrew, curmudgeon, discontent, complainer, grumbler, moaner, fault-finder, carper
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    1. 1.1 A fit of sulking.
      ‘he walks off in a grump to the other end of the meadow’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Maradona is not the only fellow to descend into a grump with world football's organisers.’
      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’
    • ‘Don't bother with the scenic railway, grumped the driver who picked us up from the Megalong Valley once we'd landed.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘‘That's the worst I've ever felt after a victory,’ he grumped.’
    • ‘‘I'm happy with the result, but not the performance,’ the 57-year-old grumped.’
    • ‘‘Finally, somebody,’ Paula grumped as she let him in.’
    • ‘When that didn't work he grumped some more just for good measure, then finally came to a decision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whilst the rest of the world grumped through their first hour or so of consciousness, Chris was alert almost instantly.’
    • ‘But the real potential lies in the minds of everyone who has ever grumped about Britain's most beautiful places being overrun by trippers.’
    • ‘The two males are grumping and swearing at each other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And finally relating to the first paragraph I wasted the long weekend grumping around the house.’
    • ‘‘I made a mistake of assuming it was all right to talk about the intellectual fabric around that subject [currency values],’ he grumped.’
    • ‘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 know you're talking about me,’ Mark grumped.’
    • ‘He mumped and grumped and moaned around the place.’
    • ‘I am ready to stop grumping about how badly the project has been handled.’

Origin

Early 18th century: imitating inarticulate sounds expressing displeasure.

Pronunciation

grump

/ɡrəmp//ɡrəmp/