noun Etymology: probably alteration of grutch grudge; from Middle English grucche, grugge, from grucchen — more at grudge Date: circa 1895 1. a. a fit of bad temper b. grudge, complaint 2. a habitually irritable or complaining person ; grumbler • grouch intransitive verb

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  • grouch — (n.) 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 (Cf. grutch)). The… …   Etymology dictionary

  • grouch — (grouch), n. A bad tempered person. Syn: grump, crank, churl, crosspatch. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grouch — grouch; grouch·i·ly; grouch·i·ness; …   English syllables

  • grouch — v. i. to complain habitually, especially about minor or routine annoyances. Syn: grumble, gripe. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grouch — [n] person who complains a lot bear*, bellyacher*, bug*, crab*, crank, crosspatch*, curmudgeon, faultfinder, griper, grouser, growler, grumbler, grump*, kicker*, malcontent, moaner, sorehead*, sourpuss*, whiner; concepts 412,423 grouch [v]… …   New thesaurus

  • grouch — ☆ grouch [grouch ] vi. [< earlier grutch < ME grucchen: see GRUDGE] to grumble or complain in a sulky way n. 1. a person who grouches continually 2. a grumbling or sulky mood 3. a complaint …   English World dictionary

  • grouch — informal ► NOUN 1) a habitually grumpy person. 2) a complaint or grumble. ► VERB ▪ complain ill temperedly; grumble. ORIGIN from Old French grouchier to grumble, murmur …   English terms dictionary

  • grouch — I UK [ɡraʊtʃ] / US noun [countable] Word forms grouch : singular grouch plural grouches informal 1) someone who complains a lot or is often in a bad mood 2) a complaint II UK [ɡraʊtʃ] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms grouch : present tense… …   English dictionary

  • grouch — grouch1 [grautʃ] n informal [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Probably from grutch complaint (14 19 centuries), from Old French grouchier to complain ] 1.) someone who is always complaining ▪ an old grouch 2.) something unimportant that you complain… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • grouch — [[t]gra͟ʊtʃ[/t]] grouches 1) N COUNT (disapproval) A grouch is someone who is always complaining in a bad tempered way. [INFORMAL] He s an old grouch but she puts up with him. 2) N COUNT A grouch is a bad tempered complaint. [INFORMAL] One of the …   English dictionary

  • grouch — grouch1 [ grautʃ ] noun count INFORMAL 1. ) someone who complains a lot or is often in a bad mood 2. ) a complaint grouch grouch 2 [ grautʃ ] verb intransitive INFORMAL to complain a lot, often without good reason: GRUMBLE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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