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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 of grouse1
1525-1535
1525-35; origin uncertain
Related forms
grouseless, adjective
grouselike, adjective

grouse2

[grous] /graʊs/ 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
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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  • Ted had six woodcock, a gourmet's delight, in the freezer, and he would add the legal two days' possession limit of six grouse.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • But all this is away from the point, which is, why grizzle and grouse at the Bally Awful.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • So they continued to follow the tracks until presently, just ahead of them, they saw Strutter the grouse.

  • He writes that he was after grouse, hoping to get quite a number of them.

  • Gramps was no longer shooting, for even though the limit was four grouse, half the limit was enough for anyone.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
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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