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or grumpish

[gruhm-pee] /ˈgrʌm pi/
adjective, grumpier, grumpiest.
surly or ill-tempered; discontentedly or sullenly irritable; grouchy.
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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  • He has very few friends, for he is grumpy and very apt to be out of sorts.

    The Adventures of Old Man Coyote Thornton W. Burgess
  • Of course, now and then he's grumpy--but he always has had fits of grumpiness.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • He always says old people are grumpy—doesn't 'grogneur' mean grumpy, grandmother?

    Grandmother Dear Mrs. Molesworth
  • But grumpy and Little Johnny were the best known of them all.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • But none of them called forth a varying expression to his grumpy face.

    The Deep Lake Mystery Carolyn Wells
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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