Definition of sourpuss in English:

sourpuss

noun

informal
  • A bad-tempered or habitually sullen person.

    • ‘I realize I'm going to sound like a sourpuss when I say this, but I didn't find one instance when I laughed out loud.’
    • ‘Consequently I now have a reputation as a sourpuss and a grouch.’
    • ‘If Thomas has a reputation for being a sourpuss, those who have been around him for most of his career insist that reputation is unwarranted anyway.’
    • ‘In any case, I don't think that Ms. Rice is a sourpuss.’
    • ‘No one cares for a sourpuss, regardless of his or her other attributes.’
    • ‘I'm a cross old sourpuss who prefers thinking deep thoughts about Plato and why it always rains when I haven't got my jacket, to engaging in friendly exchanges.’
    • ‘And as you can well imagine, there are some sourpusses in your organization that will be actively resistant, so keep a smile on your face.’
    • ‘And I can imagine readers growing weary of Gogol, who's too much of a sourpuss.’
    • ‘The sourpuss told Cory that he should keep me away from the customers, because I obviously didn't know what I was doing.’
    • ‘But I am not sure if being a sourpuss is enough reason to fire somebody.’
    • ‘This might very well be the most complimentary set of remarks ever made by this renowned sourpuss about his native land.’
    • ‘No-one likes a prima donna or a sourpuss… no matter what work you're given to do, no matter how wet or cold you get on location or how many coffees you have to fetch, smile.’
    • ‘The reaction of your other half, however, is that of a sourpuss.’
    • ‘The elder must be respectable - not a sourpuss or a stuffed shirt - but a man who has gained respect.’
    • ‘And unfortunately, throughout the '90s, he was a sourpuss about the economy, so his dour warnings are not to be taken, I think, with too much seriousness.’
    • ‘Political parties in Canada are truly democratic organizations and don't deserve the cheap shots they constantly take from the media and from politically cynical sourpusses.’
    • ‘So why is this sourpuss even bothering to attend the party?’
    • ‘But since it's all in good fun only a sourpuss could fail to laugh.’
    • ‘It's far more entertaining and funny than the sourpusses want you to think.’
    • ‘Current conditions are not nearly as bad as some sourpusses would have us believe.’
    misery, mope, dog in the manger, damper, dampener, spoilsport, pessimist, prophet of doom
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Origin

1930s (originally US): from sour + puss.

Pronunciation

sourpuss

/ˈsou(ə)rˌpo͝os//ˈsaʊ(ə)rˌpʊs/