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grouch

[grouch] /graʊtʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be sulky or morose; show discontent; complain, especially in an irritable way.
noun
2.
a sulky, complaining, or morose person.
3.
a sulky, irritable, or morose mood.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; variant of obsolete grutch < Old French groucher to grumble. See grudge
Synonyms
2. grumbler, spoilsport, crab, killjoy.
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British Dictionary definitions for grouches

grouch

/ɡraʊtʃ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to complain; grumble
noun
2.
a complaint, esp a persistent one
3.
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 grouches

grouch

n.

"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.

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