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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grousenoun

    flesh of any of various grouse of the family Tetraonidae; usually roasted; flesh too dry to broil

  2. grouseverb

    popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs and feet

  3. grouseverb

    hunt grouse

  4. gripe, bitch, grouse, crab, beef, squawk, bellyache, hollerverb


    "What was he hollering about?"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Grousenoun

    A kind of fowl; a heathcock.

    The ’squires in scorn will fly the house
    For better game, and look for grouse. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Grouse

    Grouse are a group of birds from the order Galliformes, in the family Phasianidae. Grouse are presently assigned to the tribe Tetraonini (formerly the subfamily Tetraoninae and the family Tetraonidae), a classification supported by mitochondrial DNA sequence studies, and applied by the American Ornithologists' Union, ITIS, International Ornithological Congress, and others. Grouse inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, from pine forests to moorland and mountainside, from 83°N (rock ptarmigan in northern Greenland) to 28°N (Attwater's prairie chicken in Texas). Turkeys are closely related to grouse and are also classified in the tribe Tetraonini. The koklass pheasant is also closely allied with them.


  1. grouse

    Grouse can refer to two different things: 1) As a noun, it is a type of bird, more specifically, a medium to large game bird with a plump body and feathered legs, predominantly found in the northern hemisphere. 2) As a verb, especially in informal usage, to grouse means to grumble or complain about something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grouse

    any of the numerous species of gallinaceous birds of the family Tetraonidae, and subfamily Tetraoninae, inhabiting Europe, Asia, and North America. They have plump bodies, strong, well-feathered legs, and usually mottled plumage. The group includes the ptarmigans (Lagopus), having feathered feet

  2. Grouseverb

    to seek or shoot grouse

  3. Grouseverb

    to complain or grumble

  4. Etymology: [Prob. after the analogy of mouse, mice, fr. the earlier grice, OF. griesche meor hen: cf. F. piegriche shrike.]


  1. Grouse

    Grouse are a group of birds from the order Galliformes. They are sometimes considered a family Tetraonidae, though the American Ornithologists' Union and many others include grouse as a subfamily Tetraoninae in the family Phasianidae. Grouse inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere, from pine forests to moorland and mountainside, from 83° North to 28° North.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grouse

    grows, n. the heathcock or moorfowl, a plump bird with a short curved bill, short legs, and feathered feet, which frequents Scotch moors and hills—the Scotch ptarmigan, red-grouse: any bird of the family Tetraonidæ, and sub-family Tetraoninæ. [Prob. from the older grice (on the analogy of mouse, mice)—O. Fr. griesche, gray.]

Editors Contribution

  1. grouseadjective

    [Australian colloq.] very good; excellent

    That's a grouse song!

    Etymology: ? reverse formation from "shoush", said to be a polite contraction of the taboo slang term "shit-house" (meaning terrible, wretchedly bad).

    Submitted by anonymous on February 10, 2023  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Grouse is ranked #119508 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Grouse surname appeared 145 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Grouse.

    91% or 132 total occurrences were White.
    4.1% or 6 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grouse in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grouse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of grouse in a Sentence

  1. Rand Paul:

    Sometimes I'll say flippantly if you sold the chicken to somebody, there'd be plenty of them, when things are owned, there's lots of cows. Cows are not endangered. Neither are chickens, really. The sage brush grouse would probably be less likely to be endangered if somebody owned it and allowed it to reproduce. So there are ways of handling it.

  2. Sue Hayman:

    The costs of grouse shooting on our environment and wildlife needs to be to properly weighed up against the benefit of land owners profiting from shooting parties, there are viable alternatives to grouse shooting such as simulated shooting and wildlife tourism.

  3. Raul Grijalva:

    As part of its ongoing campaign to hand over public lands to fossil fuel companies, this administration is rolling back sage grouse protections that many stakeholders created together through a long and deliberative process, it seems clear that Acting Secretary David Bernhardt's clients stand to gain more than anyone else from this revision.

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