grouches; grouching; grouched

A grouch is a cranky person who complains a lot. You could describe your grumpy old Grandpa as a grouch.

Use the noun grouch when you're talking about someone who's habitually in a terrible mood. If your usual bus driver is a grouch, he's probably always yelling at his passengers. You can also use grouch as a verb, to describe what a grouch does: grumble and gripe. The word grouch was originally 1890s United States college slang that might have come from grutch, "to murmur or complain."

Definitions of grouch
  1. verb
    show one's unhappiness or critical attitude
    synonyms: grumble, scold
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    type of:
    complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  2. noun
    a bad-tempered person
    synonyms: churl, crank, crosspatch, grump
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    crab, crabby person
    a quarrelsome grouch
    fire-eater, hothead
    a belligerent grouch
    misanthrope, misanthropist
    someone who dislikes people in general
    misogynist, woman hater
    a misanthrope who dislikes women in particular
    a misanthrope who dislikes men in particular
    type of:
    disagreeable person, unpleasant person
    a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
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