Definition of grump in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡrʌmp/


1A grumpy person: he proved a fearful grump—not the flicker of a smile
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  • 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
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  • 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.


[no object]
Act in a sulky, grumbling manner: he grumped at me when I moved the papers
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈɡrʌmpɪʃ/




Early 18th century: imitating inarticulate sounds expressing displeasure.

Words that rhyme with grump

bump, chump, clump, crump, dump, flump, frump, gazump, jump, lump, outjump, plump, pump, rump, scrump, slump, stump, sump, thump, trump, tump, ump, whump

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