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 (krăbd, krăb′ĭd)
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crabbedness - a disposition to be ill-tempered
ill nature - a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
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In any case, Milton's language as he describes the dance in lines 620-24 becomes noticeably more intricate and intervolved than usual; the syntax seems to imitate the angelic indirections in its twisted irregularity, and this grammatical crabbedness is then under-scored by the contrasting sweet regularity of the last two and a half lines (625-27), which turn from the convolutions of the dance to the charming tones of harmony divine.