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crabbed

 (krăbd, krăb′ĭd)
adj.
1. Irritable and perverse in disposition; ill-tempered.
2. Difficult to understand; complicated.
3. Difficult to read; cramped: crabbed handwriting.

[Middle English, from crabbe, crab (influenced by crab); see crab1.]

crab′bed·ly adv.
crab′bed·ness n.

crabbed

(ˈkræbɪd)
adj
1. surly; irritable; perverse
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (esp of handwriting) cramped and hard to decipher
[C13: probably from crab1 (from its wayward gait), influenced by crab(apple) (from its tartness)]
ˈcrabbedly adv ˈcrabbedness n

crab•bed

(ˈkr?b ɪd)

adj.
1. difficult to read, as handwriting.
2. hard to understand; intricate and obscure.
3. ill-tempered; surly.
[1250–1300; Middle English; see crab1, -ed3]
crab′bed•ly, adv.
crab′bed•ness, n.
crabby,

crabbed

- Crabby and crabbed derive from a crab's sideways movement and habit of snapping (thought to suggest a perverse or irritable nature).
See also related terms for perverse.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.crabbed - annoyed and irritablecrabbed - annoyed and irritable                
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
Translations

crabbed

[ˈkræbd] ADJ
1. [writing] → apretado, indescifrable
2. [mood] → malhumorado, hosco

crabbed

adj
handwritingkritzelig, unleserlich
References in classic literature ?
And in the middle of the room stood table, on which, besides printed volumes, were strewn manuscript sermons, historical tracts, and political pamphlets, all written in such a queer, blind, crabbed, fantastical hand, that a writing-master would have gone raving mad at the sight of them.
"Don't worry about me," said Jack, smiling pleasantly upon the crabbed ferryman; "I'm sure I ought to float beautifully.
The form taken by your aunt's delirium--I mean the apparent tendency of the words that escape her in that state--seems to excite some incomprehensible feeling in the mind of her crabbed servant.