Definition of grouchy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡraʊtʃi/

adjective (grouchier, grouchiest)

Irritable and bad-tempered; grumpy; complaining: the old man grew sulky and grouchy
More example sentences
  • If you are grouchy, irritable, or just plain mean, there will be a £100 charge for putting up with you.
  • She managed to look grumpy and grouchy for a whole 10 seconds, then her smile appeared again and she stared up at the ceiling.
  • Thus confined to bed and therefore incredibly grumpy and grouchy, she made life difficult for anyone visiting her.
informal snappy, cranky
British informal narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore head, whingy
North American informal soreheaded, sorehead, peckish
Australian/New Zealand  snaky
dated miffy



Example sentences
  • Irritated at the prospect of having to consider such a question, I called out grouchily.
  • ‘I don't see why I have to be here,’ he muttered grouchily, kicking a column and scowling blackly at it.
  • Kevin groaned and grouchily got in the back seat.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡraʊtʃɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • I understated the grouchiness of the article, and his obvious unhappiness with a lot of new historicism.
  • The fatigue and grouchiness have evaporated, and when her publicist comes to fetch her, she looks genuinely disappointed that we don't have more time.
  • Usually he was after the laugh because for all his grouchiness, Papa had a good disposition and was at heart a funny man.

Words that rhyme with grouchy

pouchy, slouchy

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Line breaks: grouchy

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