1. A habitually complaining or irritable person.
2. A grumbling or sulky mood: in a grouch about the long line for tickets.
3. A complaint; a grudge: had only one grouch against the landlord.
intr.v. grouched, grouch·ing, grouch·es
To grumble or sulk.
[From Middle English grucchen, to grumble, complain; see GRUDGE.]
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