Is 'grousily' a word? I would like to use it in a sentence to mean 'grumpily, as if in imitation of a rumpled grouse' but don't think it's okay because of how I couldn't find it in either OS X's dictionary via Spotlight or on the Internet via Google.
Grouse is a noun (bird) and a verb ( complain). As an adjective (excellent) is used mainly in NZ and Australia and it is not commonly used as an adverb. I suggest you use 'grumpy' or a synonym of it.
Grouse: (intransitive verb) (from MW)
She's been grousing to her boss about the working conditions. Fans have groused that the higher prices are unfair.
- adj: Austral and NZ excellent (of unknown origin)
A grouse: (www.vocabulary.com/dictionary)
is a small game bird. But the verb to grouse is different. It means to gripe about how unhappy you are. It's not recommended for most people, because grousing is unattractive.
- People's excitement about the rise of the Internet has been largely replaced by disappointment that it's turned out to be essentially a forum for people to grouse. No disappointment is too small to grouse about on the Internet. Did you stub your toe? Grouse about it in your blog! Did your sister tattletale? Get online and start grousing. "I grouse, therefore I am," might be the motto of the Internet. Oh well: now I'm grousing too.