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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)
1. difficult to read, as handwriting.
2. hard to understand; intricate and obscure.
3. ill-tempered; surly.
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.
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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.
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