Grinch is a term with roots in a literary character. We will examine the definition of the word Grinch, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

A Grinch is someone who does not like having fun and does not want others to have fun, he is a killjoy. The term Grinch was coined from a literary character created by Dr Seuss in the story How the Grinch Stole Christmas, published in 1957. A cartoon taken from the story that aired on American television in 1966 and was voiced by Boris Karloff widened the appeal of the character of the Grinch. Within a few years the term Grinch was used to mean a killjoy, someone whose heart is two sizes too small. The Oxford Engish Dictionary lists the term Grinch with a capital letter, though the word is sometimes seen rendered with a lowercase letter as in grinch. Grinch is also occasionally seen as a verb to mean to behave like a Grinch or to behave like a killjoy. Related words are Grinches, Grinched, Grinching.


Santas on strike! Protesters say Walmart is a Grinch (USA Today)

With the way the season is going, who can blame him for being a Grinch? (The Dallas Morning News)

There was a Grinch at work in Neosho, stealing toys intended for some needy children. (The Neosho Daily News)

Progressive suggestions for these sectors have been consistently Grinched by Republican congresses and presidents. (The Twin Falls Times-News)

Local volunteers are not going to let the positive momentum from Carroll County’s Harvest Festival get “grinched” as the Town, Carroll County and the Friends of Hillsville look forward to the upcoming Tree Lighting Ceremony & Christmas Parade. The theme of this year’s parade is “A Bluegrass Country Christmas.” (The Carroll County News)

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