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[gruhmp] /grʌmp/
a person given to constant complaining.
Informal. the grumps, a depressed or sulky mood.
verb (used without object)
to complain or sulk.
Origin of grump
1835-45; probably back formation from grumpy Unabridged
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  • grump, now much more than half a century old, had indeed never used the luxury in question.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • grump arose, and softly went to a corner which was hidden by the chimney.

  • grump had risen upon one elbow, and was stealthily feeling with his other hand under the Pet's head.

  • He wouldn't lie down, and when he did, it was with a grump of protest that seemed to forbode failure.

    Melchior's Dream and Other Tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • Presently there was a stir near the door, and grump and Pet entered.

  • Every one started, and grump's countenance did not gather amiability as he sneakingly noticed the general distrust.

  • Finally, some weak miner, unable to hold the open secret any longer, told the Pet about grump's operation in dust.

  • grump himself was sitting on a fragment of stone, staring into the fire, with his face in his hands.

  • At the end of the sixth game after dark he made his way to grump's hut and quietly located himself at the same crack as before.

British Dictionary definitions for grump


a surly or bad-tempered person
(pl) a sulky or morose mood (esp in the phrase have the grumps)
(intransitive) to complain or grumble
Word Origin
C18: dialect grump surly remark, probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for grump

"ill-humor," 1727, in humps and grumps "surly remarks," later the grumps "a fit of ill-humor" (1844), then "a person in ill humor" (1900); perhaps an extended sense of grum "morose, surly," which probably is related to Danish grum "cruel;" or perhaps suggested by grumble, grunt, etc.

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