noun (plural same)
- 1A medium to large game bird with a plump body and feathered legs, the male being larger and more brightly coloured than the female.
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- Family Tetraonidae (or Phasianidae): several genera, especially Lagopus and Tetrao
- Which was the fastest game bird in Europe - the golden plover or the grouse?
- Pair up female and male black grouse that have no chemistry - the female isn't interested in the male.
- Business as usual is what has driven the greater sage grouse to its precarious brink.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The flesh of the grouse as food.More example sentences
- Whole roast grouse may still come with game chips and bread sauce but there is game jus rather than over-thickened gravy.
- As we near the beginning of the autumn game season, consider brambles as accompaniments in sauces; with their tart sweetness, they complement perfectly the richness of game such as venison, grouse or pigeon.
- Between you and me, I had too much grouse and red wine last night and mackerel is very good for lowering cholesterol.
early 16th century: perhaps related to medieval Latin gruta or to Old French grue 'crane'.
- Complain about something trivial; grumble: she heard him grousing about his assistantMore example sentences
grumble, complain, moan, groan, protest, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, lodge a complaint, make a complaint, make a fuss; object to, speak out against, rail at, oppose, lament, bewail, grieve over, sorrow about, sorrow for, sigh over• informal bellyache, beef, bitch, grouch, whinge, kick up a fuss, kick up a stink, sound off, go onNorth American • informal kvetchSouth African • informal chirpBritish • dated crib, natter• archaic plain over
- I expected to drag you, moaning, groaning and grousing, out of your warm bed.
- There's been quite a lot of grumbling and grousing in corporate America.
- For nearly as long as there has been an entrepreneurial space industry, there has been griping and grousing about regulatory issues, as well as lobbying for legislation to resolve those flaws.
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- A complaint or grumble: our biggest grouse was about the noise of construction workMore example sentences
- He had even described his short public life as a ‘long litany of failures ‘and ‘heartfelt personal grouses.’
- Since then we have had grouses about red-tape, taxation, education, high interest rates, bad weather, directors’ pay, students' fees and much more besides.
- I dislike hanging around people with lots of grouses.
early 19th century: of unknown origin; compare with grouch.
adjectiveAustralian /NZ • informal
- Very good (used as a general term of approval): the car was a grouse tomato red which everyone likedMore example sentences
- Civil war was the winner on the day and I hope youse all have a grouse night.
- Apart from that, though, the rest is pretty grouse.
1920s: of unknown origin.