grouse
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɡɹaʊs/
Noun

grouse (plural grouse)

  1. Any of various game birds of the subfamily Tetraoninae which inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere.
Translations
  • French: coq de bruyère
  • German: Raufußhuhn
  • Italian: urogallo, gallo cedrone, pernice
  • Portuguese: tetraz, galo-silvestre
  • Russian: ря́бчик
  • Spanish: urogallo, tetraónino
Verb

grouse (grouses, present participle grousing; past and past participle groused)

  1. To seek or shoot grouse.
Noun

grouse (plural grouses)

  1. A cause for complaint.
Verb

grouse (grouses, present participle grousing; past and past participle groused)

  1. To complain or grumble.
    • 1890, Kipling, The Young British Soldier
      If you're cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind,
      Don't grouse like a woman, nor crack on, nor blind;
      Be handy and civil, and then you will find
      That it's beer for the young British soldier.
Translations 1930s, origin unk en. Perhaps from British dialect. Adjective

grouse (comparative grouser, superlative grousest)

  1. (Australian, NZ, slang) Excellent.
    I had a grouse day.
    That food was grouse.
    • 1991, Tim Winton, Cloudstreet, Scribner Paperback Fiction 2002, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=97XsDK_I5I0C&pg=PA182&dq=%22grousest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nB5vT4qwNcjdmAWr3qmSCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22grousest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 182],
      They were the grousest ladies she′d ever met.



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