Meaning of sourpuss in English:



  • A bad-tempered or habitually sullen person.

    • ‘Consequently I now have a reputation as a sourpuss and a grouch.’
    • ‘Political parties in Canada are truly democratic organizations and don't deserve the cheap shots they constantly take from the media and from politically cynical sourpusses.’
    • ‘It's far more entertaining and funny than the sourpusses want you to think.’
    • ‘And unfortunately, throughout the '90s, he was a sourpuss about the economy, so his dour warnings are not to be taken, I think, with too much seriousness.’
    • ‘No-one likes a prima donna or a sourpuss… no matter what work you're given to do, no matter how wet or cold you get on location or how many coffees you have to fetch, smile.’
    • ‘In any case, I don't think that Ms. Rice is a sourpuss.’
    • ‘But since it's all in good fun only a sourpuss could fail to laugh.’
    • ‘And as you can well imagine, there are some sourpusses in your organization that will be actively resistant, so keep a smile on your face.’
    • ‘Current conditions are not nearly as bad as some sourpusses would have us believe.’
    • ‘But I am not sure if being a sourpuss is enough reason to fire somebody.’
    • ‘If Thomas has a reputation for being a sourpuss, those who have been around him for most of his career insist that reputation is unwarranted anyway.’
    • ‘I realize I'm going to sound like a sourpuss when I say this, but I didn't find one instance when I laughed out loud.’
    • ‘The sourpuss told Cory that he should keep me away from the customers, because I obviously didn't know what I was doing.’
    • ‘The reaction of your other half, however, is that of a sourpuss.’
    • ‘And I can imagine readers growing weary of Gogol, who's too much of a sourpuss.’
    • ‘The elder must be respectable - not a sourpuss or a stuffed shirt - but a man who has gained respect.’
    • ‘No one cares for a sourpuss, regardless of his or her other attributes.’
    • ‘I'm a cross old sourpuss who prefers thinking deep thoughts about Plato and why it always rains when I haven't got my jacket, to engaging in friendly exchanges.’
    • ‘So why is this sourpuss even bothering to attend the party?’
    • ‘This might very well be the most complimentary set of remarks ever made by this renowned sourpuss about his native land.’
    misery, mope, dog in the manger, damper, dampener, spoilsport, pessimist, prophet of doom
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1930s (originally US): from sour+ puss.