grouseless

grouse

1 [grous]
noun, plural grouse, grouses.
1.
any of numerous gallinaceous birds of the subfamily Tetraoninae. Compare black grouse, capercaillie, ruffed grouse, spruce grouse.
2.
British. the red grouse.

Origin:
1525–35; origin uncertain

grouseless, adjective
grouselike, adjective
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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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