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[grouch] /graʊtʃ/
verb (used without object)
to be sulky or morose; show discontent; complain, especially in an irritable way.
a sulky, complaining, or morose person.
a sulky, irritable, or morose mood.
Origin of grouch
1890-95, Americanism; variant of obsolete grutch < Old French groucher to grumble. See grudge
2. grumbler, spoilsport, crab, killjoy. Unabridged
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  • Even Drummond was shaken out of his professional calm, not to mention his grouch.

    On Secret Service William Nelson Taft
  • You have—er—impressed me as a boy with, to use a vulgar expression, a grouch.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Say, for the love of Pete, I couldn't tell what it was gave me a grouch.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • "Everybody has a grouch," observed Sarah cheerfully when they sat down to dinner.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • Christian Scientists do not have either the grouch or the meddler's itch.

  • "I think she is a grouch," said a stout girl at the table, turning suddenly.

    The Girl Scout's Triumph Katherine Keene Galt
  • One of the grouches had recently visited the old friend, and, naturally, the other grouch wanted news of the Benedict.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • And it was all caused by the fact that Hopalong Cassidy had a grouch, and a big one.

    Bar-20 Days Clarence E. Mulford
  • "Chuck over your grouch," I laughed, although his proposition interested me.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
British Dictionary definitions for grouch


verb (intransitive)
to complain; grumble
a complaint, esp a persistent one
a person who is always grumbling
Word Origin
C20: from obsolete grutch, from Old French grouchier to complain; see grudge
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Word Origin and History for grouch

"ill-tempered person," 1896, earlier "state of irritable glumness" (1890, in expressions such as to have a grouch on), U.S. college student slang, of uncertain origin, possibly from grutching "complaint, grumbling" (see grutch).

The Grouch, on the other Hand, gave a correct Imitation of a Bear with a Sore Toe. His Conversation was largely made up of Grunts. He carried a Facial Expression that frightened little Children in Street Cars and took all the Starch out of sentimental Young Ladies. He seemed perpetually to carry the Hoof-Marks of a horrible Nightmare. [George Ade, "People You Know," 1902]
The verb is 1916, from the noun. Related: Grouched; grouching. Grouch bag "purse for carrying hidden money" (1908) is the source of the nickname of U.S. comedian Julius "Groucho" Marx (1890-1977), who supposedly carried his money in one to poker games.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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