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grouchy

[grou-chee] /ˈgraʊ tʃi/
adjective, grouchier, grouchiest.
1.
sullenly discontented; sulky; morose; ill-tempered.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; grouch + -y1
Related forms
grouchily, adverb
grouchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grouchiness
grouchy
1895, of uncertain origin, possibly from grutching "complaint, grumbling" (see grudge). Grouch (n.) "ill-tempered person" is a 1900 back-formation. Grouch bag "purse for carrying hidden money" (1908) is the source of the nickname of U.S. comedian Julius "Groucho" Marx, who supposedly carried his money in one to poker games.
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