The verb is from Middle English grucchen (attested since about 1200), from Old French grouchier (“to grumble”). The noun is from Middle English grucche, from the verb; it is attested since about 1400. See also grudge, grouch, grouse.
- (intransitive) To murmur, complain.
1891, Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company:
- "But I am a man who may grutch and grumble, but when I have set my face to do a thing I will not turn my back upon it until it be done."
- (obsolete) To grudge.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
grutch (plural grutches)
- A complaint.