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grouse1

[grous] /graʊs/
noun, plural grouse, grouses.
1.
any of numerous gallinaceous birds of the subfamily Tetraoninae.
2.
British. the red grouse.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; origin uncertain
Related forms
grouseless, adjective
grouselike, adjective

grouse2

[grous] /graʊs/
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
Related forms
grouser, noun
Synonyms
1. gripe, fret, fuss.

grouse3

[grous] /graʊs/
adjective, Australian Slang.
1.
excellent; great; wonderful.
Origin
1940-45; origin uncertain
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Examples for grouse
  • 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.
  • People who grouse can't be held responsible for criminals who share their complaints.
  • What fascinates me are those who accepted the life preserver and continue to grouse while it keeps them afloat.
  • Rare birds such as hazel grouse make their way through a thick understory of shrubs and plants.
  • There are always going to be quail on the left and grouse on the right.
  • Hunters speak of harvesting deer or ducks or grouse or rabbits.
  • They grouse about that, but it seems to work for them.
British Dictionary definitions for grouse

grouse1

/ɡraʊs/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to grumble; complain
noun
2.
a persistent complaint
Derived Forms
grouser, noun
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

grouse2

/ɡraʊs/
noun (pl) grouse, grouses
1.
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 See also black grouse, red grouse
adjective
2.
(Austral & NZ, slang) excellent
Derived Forms
grouselike, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for grouse
n.

type of game bird, 1530s, grows (plural, used collectively), of unknown origin, possibly from Latin or Welsh.

v.

"complain," 1885 (implied in grousergroucer, from Old French groucier "to murmur, grumble," of imitative origin (cf. Greek gru "a grunt," gruzein "to grumble"). Related: Groused; grousing. As a noun from 1918, from the verb.

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Slang definitions & phrases for grouse

grouse

verb

To complain; bitch: No grousing, no foot-dragging, both signs of a solid pro (1887+ British armed forces)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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