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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

(ˈkræb 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

crabbed

adjective
Translations

crabbed

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

crabbed

adj
handwritingkritzelig, unleserlich
References in classic literature ?
It is, especially such a language as this crabbed but glorious Deutsch.
He's not half as bad as he looks, for all he's so crabbed.
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.