grouchy

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From grouch + -y. Originally US college student slang.[1]

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grouchy (comparative grouchier, superlative grouchiest)

  1. Irritable; easily upset; angry; tending to complain. [From 1895]
    His boss gets grouchy when deadlines draw near.
    • 1911, Jack London, The Abysmal Brute, Chapter III,
      Not that young Pat had a nasty temper, or was grouchy as his father had feared.
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt, Chapter XXXI,
      He went in to mumble that he was "sorry, didn't mean to be grouchy," and to inquire as to her interest in movies.
    • 1922, Henry William Fischer, Abroad with Mark Twain and Eugene Field, Author's Preface,
      In Berlin I once heard Susie Clemens—ill-fated, talented girl, who died so young—say to her father: "Grouchy again! They do say that you can be funny when company is around—too bad that you don't consider Henry Fisher company."

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  1. ^ Etymonline