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Negative EmotionPlay
Grumpy suggests a temporary mood, not a permanent trait, often due to specific reasons. SlideHe's not always so grumpy; he's just tired today.
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Not SeriousPlay
Grumpy can imply a less serious, more tolerable level of annoyance than outright anger. SlideShe gets grumpy before her morning coffee, but it passes quickly.
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Informal UsagePlay
The term 'grumpy' is informal, so use it in casual conversations rather than formal contexts. SlideMy little brother is grumpy when he doesn't get enough sleep.