Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a grumpy, surly, or gruff manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb colloq. In a surly manner; sullenly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a grumpy manner; in a cranky manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in an ill-natured manner

Etymologies

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grumpy +‎ -ly

Examples

  • "What was the point waking me up?" the Fat Lady called grumpily after him as he walked away.

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • The crisis may hibernate for a while—but awaken grumpily in the new year.

    Christmas Crisis Respite in the Cards?

  • The naming of Chicago's William Daley as President Obama's new chief of staff immediately drew an ideological response, with centrist, more conservative Democrats shouting "Halleluiah!" and progressives reacting a bit grumpily.

    Bill Daley: Is it about competence or ideology?

  • Eye teenaged sons grumpily; complain about creeping old age and bad back whenever they're in earshot; begin sentences with "When I was your age ..."

    Lance Mannion:

  • Eye teenaged sons grumpily; complain about creeping old age and bad back whenever they're in earshot; begin sentences with "When I was your age ..."

    Spring mending time

  • The footage shot at sea is quite engaging, as Spall struggles grumpily with the boat, the sea and the bureaucracy of ports.

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  • And there he is, shunned by those who once loved him, grumpily shuttling about London to talk about his social mobility strategy.

    Hugh Muir's Diary

  • Want wiggles! or a 4 year old grumpily demanding her cereal at 7: 00am.

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  • ANd I grumpily wished I'd seen it before I wrote the article.

    How to Make a Superman Movie

  • Zach is grumpily dissatisfied with everything good in his life and at any moment seems about ready to check out on whatever --- his relationship with his girlfriend, his friendship with Jonathan, his art, life.

    Ted Danson takes down Boredom on points

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