Main definitions of grouse in English

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grouse1

noungrouse

  • 1A medium to large game bird with a plump body and feathered legs, the male being larger and more brightly coloured than the female.

    Family Tetraonidae (or Phasianidae): several genera, especially Lagopus and Tetrao

    • ‘Which was the fastest game bird in Europe - the golden plover or the grouse?’
    • ‘Pair up female and male black grouse that have no chemistry - the female isn't interested in the male.’
    • ‘Business as usual is what has driven the greater sage grouse to its precarious brink.’
    • ‘The first year of the project saw 30 young black grouse released in October 2003.’
    • ‘The black grouse is Scotland's second-most endangered bird after centuries of habitat destruction and hunting.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The flesh of the grouse as food.
      • ‘Whole roast grouse may still come with game chips and bread sauce but there is game jus rather than over-thickened gravy.’
      • ‘As we near the beginning of the autumn game season, consider brambles as accompaniments in sauces; with their tart sweetness, they complement perfectly the richness of game such as venison, grouse or pigeon.’
      • ‘Between you and me, I had too much grouse and red wine last night and mackerel is very good for lowering cholesterol.’
      • ‘After that, I had a sensational roast young grouse served medium-rare.’
      • ‘Roast grouse with poached plums was just drowned in jam (game wants bread sauce, crumbs and red wine in a glass, that's all) and the chicken was stuffed not with salmon this time, but foie gras.’
      • ‘The grouse had been hung too long and cooked too long.’
      • ‘One day it would be noodles with garlic-butter sauce and a glass of pomegranate juice, the next it would be roasted grouse, bread, and a mug of sweetened milk.’
      • ‘I had the whole roast grouse with ‘banana fondants’ and baby onions for €26.’
      • ‘I try to replicate my early success by bringing out the abattis à la bourguignonne: giblets of duck, pigeon, and grouse cooked in a red-wine sauce.’
      • ‘Roast grouse is where traditional cooking and accompaniments can't be beaten - bread sauce, watercress, game gravy, even buttery fried crumbs or game chips all are perfect partners to roast grouse.’
      • ‘He said the trick with cooking grouse was to keep it simple - but, if they stick to the rules, Atkins dieters may have to forego some of the trimmings that come with the new-season bird, such as parsnip crisps and bread sauce.’
      • ‘Hanging game can't be that important or restaurants wouldn't be full of pretentious prats eating grouse on the 12th of August, the only day when you can guarantee the birds can't have been hung.’
      • ‘The breast of grouse was slightly overdone and a bit dry, but had the intriguingly complex flavours of wild moorland feeding.’
      • ‘One of the best ways to cook grouse to appreciate its fresh gamey flavour is to remove the breasts and pan-fry them.’
      • ‘And the fare was always good - the roast grouse even excellent.’

Origin

Early 16th century perhaps related to medieval Latin gruta or to Old French grue ‘crane’.

Pronunciation

grouse

/ɡraʊs/

Main definitions of grouse in English

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grouse2

verb

[with object]
  • Complain about something trivial; grumble.

    ‘she heard him grousing about his assistant’
    • ‘I expected to drag you, moaning, groaning and grousing, out of your warm bed.’
    • ‘There's been quite a lot of grumbling and grousing in corporate America.’
    • ‘For nearly as long as there has been an entrepreneurial space industry, there has been griping and grousing about regulatory issues, as well as lobbying for legislation to resolve those flaws.’
    • ‘Our girls were pouring topsoil over each other when my wife began grousing that the tourists were ugly; Blue Spring gets up to 2,000 visitors a day because of the manatees.’
    • ‘When a movie is broken into a series of vignettes as this one is, critics usually can't resist saying which vignette is the best and grousing that some vignettes are better than others.’
    • ‘Two guys next to me were grousing about getting older.’
    • ‘I was grousing about R.'s stubborn refusal to accept the new realities of her life and to find some new pastimes that match her abilities.’
    • ‘Most people loved it, but one old woman was grousing away (while still watching, mind you) at all those hundreds of pounds being wasted.’
    • ‘I don't need to begin this new Tuesday by grousing over an annoyance rather easily fixed with a few keystrokes.’
    • ‘There are some members of parliament who are being quoted grousing about the queen's role in all of this.’
    • ‘So today, I'm grousing and trying to find something constructive to do with the day.’
    • ‘He was grousing about classical music compilations and how they ruined the intent of the original composer.’
    • ‘Have you ever worried that people are grousing about the egregious errors of your judgment?’
    • ‘‘I don't know what the American people think,’ Roosevelt groused.’
    • ‘‘Oh, fine, so maybe there's some truth in it,’ he groused.’
    • ‘‘These journalists come here with their minds already made up,’ he groused.’
    • ‘For decades, the moguls groused because their products, unlike cars and potato chips, were not endlessly reproducible.’
    • ‘I've groused about this before and will probably grouse again in the future.’
    • ‘Commercial snapper crews grouse also about offshore shrimpers, although not quite so vocally, and feel that sport fishermen may get too large a share.’
    • ‘Typically, customers do grouse, but in the aggregate, they've not rebelled and over time have come to accept the practice as fully entrenched.’
    grumble, complain, moan, groan, protest, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, lodge a complaint, make a complaint, make a fuss
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noun

  • A complaint or grumble.

    ‘our biggest grouse was about the noise of construction work’
    • ‘He had even described his short public life as a ‘long litany of failures ‘and ‘heartfelt personal grouses.’’
    • ‘Since then we have had grouses about red-tape, taxation, education, high interest rates, bad weather, directors’ pay, students' fees and much more besides.’
    • ‘I dislike hanging around people with lots of grouses.’
    • ‘Of course, there are the grouses like high freight tariffs.’
    • ‘The grouses tend to focus on the traffic, the airport and the shortage of hotel rooms.’
    • ‘My life [as an excavator] has been full of grouses about local museums not taking my material.’
    • ‘Finally someone is sounding out the grouses of the general public on the papers regarding the ridiculously expensive cost of things out there.’
    • ‘Even in places where there is some greenery, the Museum or say, Kanakakkunnu, the common grouse voiced by regulars is that the number of breeze and shade-giving trees has dwindled over the years.’
    • ‘But Eliot himself remarked, ‘To me it was only the relief of a personal and insignificant grouse against life; it is just a piece of rhythmical grumbling.’’
    • ‘Their grouse: expansive windmill-farms look unsightly!’
    • ‘However, the main grouse of these publishers is that they do not get much by way of advertisement support from corporates, which prefer the English publications.’
    • ‘Have a grouse about an inconsiderate bus driver?’
    • ‘The grouse of aged visitors to the Eco Park against the Corporation is that it has not taken any steps to develop the three-acre area on its southern side.’
    • ‘Now here is my particular grouse: What was in the minds of the designers who thought up that last set of track wear for our women runners?’
    • ‘Their grouse is that other south Indian language films are sound both technically and visually as they have film cities of their own.’
    • ‘Their main grouse was the 0.15 per cent securities transaction tax on share transactions.’
    • ‘That proper water supply has been ensured to four residential extensions which came up only recently, while things continue to ail in the old town limits is another grouse.’
    • ‘But take away that personal grouse, and you've still got a strong selection from one of the best damn dance-groups ever.’
    • ‘People here have another big grouse: Government does not seem to be interested in registering this district on the tourist map of the state.’
    • ‘How terribly twisted must one's mind become to lead one to kill another human being in cold blood after nursing some grouse over turf or money?’
    grumble, complaint, moan, groan, whine, grievance, objection, protest, protestation, cavil, quibble
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Origin

Early 19th century of unknown origin; compare with grouch.

Pronunciation

grouse

/ɡraʊs/

Main definitions of grouse in English

: grouse1grouse2grouse3

grouse3

adjective

Australian, New Zealand informal
  • Very good (used as a general term of approval)

    ‘the car was a grouse tomato red which everyone liked’
    • ‘Civil war was the winner on the day and I hope youse all have a grouse night.’
    • ‘Apart from that, though, the rest is pretty grouse.’

Origin

1920s of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

grouse

/ɡraʊs/