groucerous (c.1350)

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groucerous (c.1350)


[ FEW: *16,90b *grogatjan; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: *G1428 grocier; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: ]

The group of words around grucer and its various and quite numerous derivatives has been discussed by W. Rothwell in "The Legacy of Anglo-French: faux amis in French and English, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 109 (1993), 16-46 (pp. 30-31 and n.61). This article is available on the AND site under "Articles on Anglo-Norman topics". The OED derives the verb to grutch from grucer; relevant also are English to grouse and the later to grouch (a later form of grutch). Of grouse, OED notes, rather oddly, "Origin unknown. The word has a curious resemblance to Norman French dialect groucer = Old French groucier, grousser". The entry dates from 1900. The first attestation given for to grouse is 1887.


1tetchy, grouchy
( c.1350; MS: c.1350 )  nul frere soit inobedient, impacient ou groucerous de manger ou de beyvre  99
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