verb (used without object)
to be sulky or morose; show discontent; complain, especially in an irritable way.
a sulky, complaining, or morose person.
a sulky, irritable, or morose mood.
to complain; grumble
a complaint, esp a persistent one
a person who is always grumbling
“ill-tempered person,” 1896, earlier “state of irritable glumness” (1890, in expressions such as to have a grouch on), U.S. college student slang, of uncertain origin, possibly from grutching “complaint, grumbling” (see grutch).
The Grouch, on the other Hand, gave a correct Imitation of a Bear with a Sore Toe. His Conversation was largely made up of Grunts. He carried a Facial Expression that frightened little Children in Street Cars and took all the Starch out of sentimental Young Ladies. He seemed perpetually to carry the Hoof-Marks of a horrible Nightmare. [George Ade, “People You Know,” 1902]
The verb is 1916, from the noun. Related: Grouched; grouching. Grouch bag “purse for carrying hidden money” (1908) is the source of the nickname of U.S. comedian Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977), who supposedly carried his money in one to poker games.
[grou-chee] /ˈgraʊ tʃi/ adjective, grouchier, grouchiest. 1. sullenly discontented; sulky; morose; ill-tempered. [groo-shee] /gruˈʃi/ noun 1. Emmanuel [e-ma-ny-el] /ɛ ma nüˈɛl/ (Show IPA), Marquis de, 1766–1847, French general. /ˈɡraʊtʃɪ/ adjective grouchier, grouchiest 1. (informal) bad-tempered; tending to complain; peevish adj. 1895, U.S. college student slang, from grouch + -y (2). Related: Grouchily; grouchiness.
/ɡrʌf/ noun 1. (mountaineering) a natural channel or fissure in a peat moor; a peat hag
[ground] /graʊnd/ noun 1. the solid surface of the earth; firm or dry land: to fall to the ground. 2. earth or soil: stony ground. 3. land having an indicated character: rising ground. 4. Often, grounds. a tract of land appropriated to a special use: picnic grounds; a hunting ground. 5. Often, grounds. the foundation […]
[groun-dij] /ˈgraʊn dɪdʒ/ noun, British. 1. a tax levied on ships that anchor in a port. /ˈɡraʊndɪdʒ/ noun 1. (Brit) a fee levied on a vessel entering a port or anchored off a shore