from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who grouses; a grumbler
  • n. A temporary pile driven into the bottom of a river to hold a boat in position; a spud
  • n. A protrusion on the surface of a wheel or continuous track segment, intended to increase traction in soil, snow, or other loose material

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pointed timber attached to a boat and sliding vertically, to thrust into the ground as a means of anchorage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A temporary pile or heavy iron-shod pole driven into the bottom of a stream to hold a drilling-or dredging-boat or other floating object in position.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Any new wrinkle that retailers can offer to create more good will and turn a discomfited grouser into a gratified shopper's companion makes good sense.

    A New Sales Incentive

  • And whilst he started out in the Labour Party on the far left, he acted as a loyal grouser with his team loyalty coming to the fore as his responsibilities grew.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • And if you, innocently trying to get a cool drink of water, become the passive recipient of the grousing, instead of stroking your chin while you pretend to listen, kindly ask the grouser if they've thought of doing anything proactive about their issue.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • The tank battalions saw the first Army effort to improve mo - bility during the winter of 1944, when grouser kits, also known as "duck bills," became available.

    Steel Victory

  • 'Maybe you'll see more'n you want before you're finished with this trip, ye long grouser,' put in Williams.

    On Land and Sea at the Dardanelles

  • 'E wasn't arf a grouser, an' 'e' ad good luck all the bloomin 'time.

    Mud and Khaki Sketches from Flanders and France

  • They know that you are a bore or not a bore, a grouser or not a grouser, generous or mean, sentimental or cynical, an optimist or a pessimist, and that you have or have not a sense of humour.

    If I May

  • Touche, the ship's grouser and dismal James, was taking the optimistical side, whilst Bompard, generally cheerful, was the pessimist.

    The Beach of Dreams

  • Do what I will my pen carries me away and I find myself writing like an ill-conditioned "grouser."

    Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2

  • Make sure it's not always to the same person-she could come to think of you as an inveterate grouser.



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  • Spotted in article about Curiosity rover's wheels.

    " β€œIn either case, the climbing wheel can end up experiencing higher forces, leading to cracks and punctures. The treads on each of Curiosity's six wheels, called grousers, are designed for climbing rocks. But the spaces between them are more at risk.”

    -The Register

    July 7, 2017