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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A habitually gloomy or sullen person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who is habitually gloomy, sullen or miserable; a grouch.

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

  • n. someone with a habitually sullen or gloomy expression


sour + puss2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
sour (“bad-tempered”) +‎ puss (“slang for “mouth””) (Wiktionary)



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  • i love that this word exists. i think it this word has some nuance of meaning not reflected in the definition given here. it captures a category of behavior/personality type quite well.

    May 31, 2008