verb (used without object), groused, grous·ing.
- to grumble; complain: I’ve never met anyone who grouses so much about his work.
- a complaint.
- (intr) to grumble; complain
- a persistent complaint
noun plural grouse or grouses
- any gallinaceous bird of the family Tetraonidae, occurring mainly in the N hemisphere, having a stocky body and feathered legs and feet. They are popular game birdsSee also ,
- Australian and NZ slang excellent
type of game bird, 1530s, grows (plural, used collectively), of unknown origin, possibly from Latin or Welsh.
“complain,” 1885 (implied in grousergroucer, from Old French groucier “to murmur, grumble,” of imitative origin (cf. Greek gru “a grunt,” gruzein “to grumble”). Related: Groused; grousing. As a noun from 1918, from the verb.