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grumpy Syllabification: grump·y
Pronunciation: /ˈɡrəmpē/

Definition of grumpy in English:

adjective (grumpier, grumpiest)

Bad-tempered and sulky.
Example sentences
  • Read a selection of past interviews and you're left with a picture of a truculent, grumpy old curmudgeon.
  • Like all of us, he could be grumpy and cantankerous, but he was never mean-spirited in deed or thought.
  • The day-time guard at the entrance to our village is the most grumpy and surly man.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡrəmpəlē/
Example sentences
  • I take my parsnips grumpily and bid him ‘good evening’.
  • Then the phone rang a little before 8 am, so I grumpily picked it up.
  • But he was not in a talkative mood and chomped his way grumpily through the meal, responding with grunts and monosyllables to all attempts to engage him in conversation.
Pronunciation: /ˈɡrəmpēnəs/
Example sentences
  • As a person ages, the signs of depression are much more likely to be dismissed as crankiness or grumpiness.
  • The last couple of Christmases I spent with Papa his seeming grumpiness annoyed me but now I realize he just wanted the hype to go away.
  • It would be refreshing if he were to concentrate on the brighter sides of human behaviour and not dwell on dubious national traits to vent his grumpiness with the world around him.

Words that rhyme with grumpy

bumpy, clumpy, dumpy, frumpy, humpy, jumpy, lumpy, plumpy, rumpy-pumpy, scrumpy, stumpy
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