grinch
noun Etymology: from the Grinch, character in the children's story How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) Date: 1977 killjoy, spoilsport

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  • Grinch — steht für Der Grinch, US amerikanisch deutsche Fantasykomödie von Ron Howard (2000). SA 24 Grinch, russisches Lenkwaffensystem Siehe auch Wie der Grinch Weihnachten gestohlen hat Diese Seite ist e …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Grinch — 1.) the Grinch the main character in a story for children by the US writer Dr Seuss called How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He is a nasty, unkind green creature who almost spoils Christmas. 2.) AmE a very bad tempered person …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • grinch — /grinch/, n. a person or thing that spoils or dampens the pleasure of others. [1965 70; from the Grinch, name of a character created by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)] * * * …   Universalium

  • Grinch — spoilsport; all usages trace to Dr. Seuss 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas …   Etymology dictionary

  • grinch — ˈgrinch noun ( es) Etymology: so called from a character of the same name in the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) by Dr. Seuss, pseudonym of Theodor Seuss Geisel died 1991 American children s author : killjoy : spoilsport …   Useful english dictionary

  • grinch — [ grıntʃ ] noun count AMERICAN a very unfriendly person who does not want other people to enjoy themselves …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grinch — To take, use, or otherwise assume control of another s belongings. 1. Don t grinch my french fries. Get your own. 2. If you try to grinch my boyfriend, I ll scratch your eyes out. 3. You grinched my CDs last week and I want them back …   Dictionary of american slang

  • grinch — To take, use, or otherwise assume control of another s belongings. 1. Don t grinch my french fries. Get your own. 2. If you try to grinch my boyfriend, I ll scratch your eyes out. 3. You grinched my CDs last week and I want them back …   Dictionary of american slang

  • Grinch — [grɪntʃ] noun N. Amer. informal a spoilsport or killjoy. Origin 1970s: a character in the children s story How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss …   English new terms dictionary

  • grinch — [[t]grɪntʃ[/t]] n. cvb a person or thing that spoils or dampens the pleasure of others • Etymology: 1965–70; from the Grinch, name of a character created by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) …   From formal English to slang

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