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[souuh r-poo s, sou-er-] /ˈsaʊərˌpʊs, ˈsaʊ ər-/
noun, Informal.
a person having a grouchy disposition that is often accompanied by a scowling facial expression.
Origin of sourpuss
1935-40; sour + puss2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sourpuss
  • Although tenure denial is a painful rejection on both professional and personal levels, you need to avoid being a sourpuss.
  • Fifteen years is a long time to spend trying to satisfy spoiled movie stars, sourpuss producers and cranky critics.
  • It is slow moving, and you fail to care about the main character because she is such a sourpuss.
British Dictionary definitions for sourpuss


(informal) a person whose facial expression or nature is habitually gloomy or sullen
Word Origin
C20: from sour + puss²
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Word Origin and History for sourpuss

1937, from sour (adj.) + puss (n.2) "face."

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go sour

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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