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grump

[gruhmp] /grʌmp/
noun
1.
a person given to constant complaining.
2.
Informal. the grumps, a depressed or sulky mood.
verb (used without object)
3.
to complain or sulk.
Origin of grump
1835-1845
1835-45; probably back formation from grumpy
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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

grump

/ɡrʌmp/
noun
1.
a surly or bad-tempered person
2.
(pl) a sulky or morose mood (esp in the phrase have the grumps)
verb
3.
(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
n.

"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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