Word of the Day Archive
Monday April 2, 2012
1. To grumble; complain.
1. A complaint.
Today, he went on to grouse about some "pipsqueak" new arrival at Claverack who was only thirteen.
-- Lionel Shriver, We Need To Talk About Kevin
He continued to grouse as they headed toward the taxi line.
-- James Rollins, The Doomsday Key
Grouse originally referred to a type of bird. It is uncertain why it began to mean "to complain," though it bears a resemblance to the word grouch.