from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being grumpy or gruff.

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  • noun The state, or act, of being grumpy

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  • noun a fussy and eccentric disposition


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  • Next year should be fascinating since this grumpiness is emerging even before Democrats formally take power.

    Sound Politics: Grumpy Progressives Warm the Conservative Heart 2006

  • And Carl’s grumpiness is leavened by his young sidekick and the great talking dog Doug.

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  • She turns the blandest of scenes into yak fests as she strides through CTU with the same kind of grumpiness most of us have in an office job were everyone takes us for granted.

    'Can I do it myself?' 'Ok.' 'I can't do it.' 2004

  • So we see the roots of Toad’s grumpiness, which is a contrast to Frog’s sunniness, in ... a frog?

    In New Book, Frog and Toad Aren’t Friends 2009

  • Once his father rallied him upon his "grumpiness"; then he grew sullen -- though trying to smile -- thinking with mortification of his grandfather.

    The Seeker Harry Leon Wilson 1903

  • I mean, there is dismay, which we all experience, then there's more violent anger, and then there is a grumpiness that we might go in and out of.

    Elvis Costello: 'I've never liked the word maturity. It implies decay' Tim Adams 2010

  • Such unorthodox tactics incur the anger of Billy's traditionalist colleagues, most notably Philip Seymour Hoffman's head coach – a performance of mostly unleavened grumpiness, this, just as Robin Wright as Billy's estranged wife is simply supportive, and Kerris Dorsey as his 12-year-old daughter purely precocious.

    Moneyball – review 2011

  • Last night Paco showed us a movie that just blasted my grumpiness away: You don't mess with the Zohan!

    Everyone needs a regular dosis of silliness nathreee 2010

  • Having just come back from a fortnight in south-east Asia I approached Jamie's curry recipe with gusto, although my levels of grumpiness were accelerated by shopping – and shelling out £25 – for the 30-odd ingredients required to make it.

    Bish, bash, bosh: putting Jamie's 30 Minute Meals to the test Tim Hayward 2010

  • Excessive tiredness, a need to sleep lots, pain and – dare I say it – a little grumpiness are the order of most days.

    How we nearly lost the plot Lia Leendertz 2010


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