Grouse meaning

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The definition of a grouse is a complaint, or a type of game bird with a chubby body, feathers on its nose and different colored feathers.

An example of a grouse is telling a restaurant that the food was not good.

An example of a grouse is the spruce grouse.

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Any of various plump, chiefly ground-dwelling gallinaceous birds of the subfamily Tetraoninae of northern North America and Eurasia, characteristically having feathered legs and nostrils and mottled plumage.
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To complain; grumble.
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Grouse is defined as to complain.

An example of grouse is for a student to constantly tell the teacher that the classroom is too hot.

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A cause for complaint.
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Any of a family (Tetraonidae) of gallinaceous game birds with a round, plump body, feathered legs, feather-covered nostrils, and mottled feathers, as the ruffed grouse or sage grouse.
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To complain; grumble.
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A complaint.
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Any of various game birds of the family Tetraonidae which inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere.
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To seek or shoot grouse.
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A cause for complaint.
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(Australia, New Zealand, slang) Excellent.

I had a grouse day.

That food was grouse.

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Origin of grouse

  • Perhaps from French dialectal groucer from Old French grouchier grudge

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • As a verb from the late 19th century (first recorded by Kipling), as a noun from the early 20th; origin uncertain, possibly from French groucier "to murmur, grumble", in origin onomatopoeic. Compare grutch with the same meaning, but attestation from the 1200s, whence also grouch.

    From Wiktionary

  • Attested in the 1530s, as grows, a plural used collectively. Of unknown origin.

    From Wiktionary

  • 1940s, origin uncertain.

    From Wiktionary