Definition of grouch in English:


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Pronunciation: /graʊtʃ


  • 1A habitually grumpy person: rock’s foremost poet and ill-mannered grouch
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    grumbler, complainer, moaner, discontent, malcontent, fault-finder, carper; grumpy person, miserable person, moper, pessimist, prophet of doom
    informal grump, sourpuss, crosspatch, bear with a sore head, grouser, whinger, wet blanket, party pooper, doom merchant
    British informal griper, misery
    North American informal sorehead, kvetcher
  • 1.1A trivial complaint: my only real grouch was that the children’s chorus was less easy on the ear
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    • Indeed, the main grouch with him was not his decision to come out, but his decision to first deny it.
    • Of course, no car is perfect, and I did have a couple of grouches with this one.
  • 1.2A sulky or discontented mood: he’s in a thundering grouch


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  • Voice one’s discontent ill-temperedly; grumble: there’s not a lot to grouch about
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Even if we're headed in that direction and the progress is irritatingly sluggish, one shouldn't be grouching about it.
    grumble, complain, grouse, moan, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, grieve, sigh
    British informal gripe, grizzle, chunter, create
    North American informal kvetch
    South African informal chirp


late 19th century: variant of obsolete grutch, from Old French grouchier 'to grumble, murmur', of unknown origin. Compare with grudge.

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