1. a grumpy person.
|DN II:i 62: sour-ball, n. A chronic grumbler.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|N.Y. Tribune 19 May 8/5: A ‘dynamiter’ in engineer parlance, is the nth degree of knocker, crabber, kicker, sourball.|
|No More Trumpets 45: There’s not a knocker nor a sourbelly among them.|
|(con. 1830s–60s) All That Swagger 133: I like Ned Angus. He’s none of your sour-bellies – always a fine laugh out of him.|
|‘Joe E. Brown No. 8’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 106: If that old sauer [sic] ball could only see me now he’d throw a fit.|
|(con. 1943) Big War 225: Don’t start turning into a lousy sourball like Fellows.|
|Full Cycle 140: Sour-belly’s been hittin’ the grog.|
2. ill temper.
|Confessions of a Con Man 181: Something that happened brought on an attack of sourball. Such things are rare with me; I have a pretty happy-go-lucky nature.|