grouse

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Etymology 1[edit]

Attested in the 1530s, as grows, a plural used collectively. Of unknown origin.

Noun[edit]

grouse (plural grouse or grouses)

  1. Any of various game birds of the family Tetraonidae which inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere.
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Verb[edit]

grouse (third-person singular simple present grouses, present participle grousing, simple past and past participle groused)

  1. To seek or shoot grouse.

Etymology 2[edit]

As a verb from the late 19th century (first recorded by Kipling), as a noun from the early 20th; origin uncertain, possibly from French groucier "to murmur, grumble", in origin onomatopoeic. Compare grutch with the same meaning, but attestation from the 1200s, whence also grouch.

Noun[edit]

grouse (plural grouses)

  1. A cause for complaint.

Verb[edit]

grouse (third-person singular simple present grouses, present participle grousing, simple past and past participle groused)

  1. To complain or grumble.
    • 1890, Kipling, The Young British Soldier
      If you're cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind,
      Don't grouse like a woman, nor crack on, nor blind;
      Be handy and civil, and then you will find
      That it's beer for the young British soldier.
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Etymology 3[edit]

1940s, origin uncertain.

Adjective[edit]

grouse (comparative grouser, superlative grousest)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Excellent.
    I had a grouse day.
    That food was grouse.
    • 1991, Tim Winton, Cloudstreet, Scribner Paperback Fiction 2002, page 182,
      They were the grousest ladies she′d ever met.
    • 1998 July 23, Stujo, “SPOILER FTF - questions”, aus.tv.x-files, Usenet:
      Not a question but the gag of Mulder pissing on the ID4 poster was grouse.
    • 2003 October 4, Leeroy, “FS Ultralight Aircraft”, aus.motorcycles, Usenet:
      I know, but I moved from riding bikes to flying and it is a great move. All riders without a fear of heights I know that flew with me thought it was grouse- and there are no coppers or speed limits up there.

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