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grouty

[grou-tee] /ˈgraʊ ti/
adjective, groutier, groutiest.
1.
sulky; surly; bad-tempered.
Origin of grouty
1825-1835
1825-35; grout to grumble, sulk, of uncertain origin (cf. grouse2, grouch) + -y1
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  • It was a grouty person, indeed, who could look into Ruth Fielding's frank countenance and not return her smile.

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
  • He then subsided, but was grouty all the balance of the day.

    In and Out of Rebel Prisons Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
  • Father wanted to pick a quarrel,” she repeated, turning to Deborah; “he's been kind of grouty to Barney for some time.

    Pembroke Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

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