Definition of sourpuss in English:



  • A bad-tempered or habitually sullen person.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 I can imagine readers growing weary of Gogol, who's too much of a sourpuss.’
    • ‘Consequently I now have a reputation as a sourpuss and a grouch.’
    • ‘So why is this sourpuss even bothering to attend the party?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This might very well be the most complimentary set of remarks ever made by this renowned sourpuss about his native land.’
    • ‘It's far more entertaining and funny than the sourpusses want you to think.’
    • ‘But since it's all in good fun only a sourpuss could fail to laugh.’
    • ‘But I am not sure if being a sourpuss is enough reason to fire somebody.’
    • ‘Current conditions are not nearly as bad as some sourpusses would have us believe.’
    • ‘In any case, I don't think that Ms. Rice is a sourpuss.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 sourpuss told Cory that he should keep me away from the customers, because I obviously didn't know what I was doing.’
    • ‘The reaction of your other half, however, is that of a sourpuss.’
    • ‘No one cares for a sourpuss, regardless of his or her other attributes.’
    • ‘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.’
    misery, mope, dog in the manger, damper, dampener, spoilsport, pessimist, prophet of doom
    shrew, curmudgeon, discontent, complainer, grumbler, moaner, fault-finder, carper
    crosspatch, grouch, grump, virago, grouser, whinger, wet blanket, party pooper, doom merchant
    jade, melancholiac
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1930s (originally US): from sour + puss.