Definition of grump in English:

grump

Line breaks: grump
Pronunciation: /grʌmp
 
/
informal

noun

  • 1A grumpy person: he proved a fearful grump—not the flicker of a smile
    More example sentences
    • If she does, someone PLEASE remind me not to be a grump and complain how dirty and old everything looks.
    • I was grading for a real curmudgeon, the grump who wound up being my thesis advisor.
    • Indeed my children kept complaining at the family grump reading at the meal table.
  • 1.1A fit of sulking: the priest was in such a grump about the contributions to a new altar
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.

verb

[no object] Back to top  
  • Act in a sulky, grumbling manner: he grumped at me when I moved the papers
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    • And finally relating to the first paragraph I wasted the long weekend grumping around the house.
    • I am ready to stop grumping about how badly the project has been handled.

Derivatives

grumpish

adjective

grumpishly

adverb

Origin

early 18th century: imitating inarticulate sounds expressing displeasure.

More definitions of grump

Definition of grump in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea