grouse

1 [grous]

Origin:
1525–35; origin uncertain

grouseless, adjective
grouselike, adjective
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grouse

2 [grous] Informal.
verb (used without object), groused, grousing.
1.
to grumble; complain: I've never met anyone who grouses so much about his work.
noun
2.
a complaint.

Origin:
1850–55; origin uncertain; cf. grouch

grouser, noun


1. gripe, fret, fuss.

grouse

3 [grous]
adjective Australian Slang.
excellent; great; wonderful.

Origin:
1940–45; origin uncertain

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grouse1 (ɡraʊs)
 
n , pl grouse, grouses
1.  black grouse See also red grouse any gallinaceous bird of the family Tetraonidae, occurring mainly in the N hemisphere, having a stocky body and feathered legs and feet. They are popular game birds
 
adj
2.  slang (Austral), (NZ) excellent
 
[C16: of unknown origin]
 
'grouselike1
 
adj

grouse2 (ɡraʊs)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to grumble; complain
 
n
2.  a persistent complaint
 
[C19: of unknown origin]
 
'grouser2
 
n

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grouse
"bird," 1531, grows (pl., used collectively), of unknown origin, possibly from Latin or Welsh.

grouse
"complain," 1887, British Army slang (first recorded by Kipling), of uncertain origin but perhaps from Norman Fr. dial. groucer, from O.Fr. groucier "to murmur, grumble," of imitative origin (cf. Gk. gru "a grunt," gruzein "to grumble").
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Example sentences
If you've had a less-than ideal-experience with a publisher, avoid the
  opportunity to grouse when speaking in public.
Inevitably, the biggest grouse involves money, and particularly the question of
  who raises and who spends it.
Heather is burned off legally on private land, to induce the growth of fresh
  shoots, which are eaten by sheep and red grouse.
The park is also home to the capercaillie, the world's largest grouse.
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