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[gruhm-pee] /ˈgrʌm pi/
adjective, grumpier, grumpiest.
surly or ill-tempered; discontentedly or sullenly irritable; grouchy.
Also, grumpish.
Origin of grumpy
1770-80; grump expressive word, first attested in the phrase humps and grumps slights and snubs + -y1
Related forms
grumpily, adverb
grumpiness, noun
ungrumpy, adjective Unabridged
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  • It could be that you're all in the winter grumpy blah mood boat.
  • And it was downright grumpy about the idea that aid might actually work.
  • In my experience it is the grumpy people that live longer.
  • But until yesterday, the ethanol lobby was rather grumpy.
  • It is also not true that grumpy people are destined to remain grumpy.
  • Putting on your own event is also a good antidote to that grumpy feeling creative people can get.
  • Max finds himself steering a sailboat to an island inhabited by a grumpy bunch of beasties squabbling around a fire in the forest.
  • Worrying about other people can drive you insane and make you a grumpy curmudgeon way ahead of your time.
  • Something about a blog works best when you have a sense of the character behind the writing, even if you suspect he is grumpy.
  • Much research work by psychologists involves grumpy students, doing it for the money.
British Dictionary definitions for grumpy


adjective grumpier, grumpiest
peevish; sulky Also grumpish
Derived Forms
grumpily, grumpishly, adverb
grumpiness, grumpishness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from grump + -y1
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Word Origin and History for grumpy

1778, from grump + -y (2). Related: Grumpily; grumpiness.

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