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An ill-tempered person, especially one who is habitually stubborn or grouchy.

[Possibly Scots cur-, intensive prefix (perhaps partly from Scottish Gaelic car, rather, somewhat (from car, a twist, a turn) and partly from Scottish Gaelic corr-, intensive prefix (from corr, protruding point, from Old Irish corr, snout)) + Scottish Gaelic mùigean, churl, gloomy fellow (from diminutive of mùig, gloom, gloomy appearance, snivelling nose, snot, from Old Irish muich, múich, gloom; akin to Old Irish múchaid, he smothers with smoke, and Welsh mwg, smoke).]

cur·mudg′eon·ly adj.
cur·mudg′eon·ry n.


a surly or miserly person
[C16: of unknown origin]
curˈmudgeonly adj


(kərˈmʌdʒ ən)

a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
[1570–80; unexplained; perhaps cur- representing cur]
cur•mudg′eon•ly, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curmudgeon - a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas


noun grump (informal), bear, grumbler, grouser, malcontent, grouch (informal), sourpuss (informal), churl, crosspatch (informal) a terrible old curmudgeon


(o.f.) [kɜːˈmʌdʒən] Ncascarrabias mf inv


[kərˈmʌdʒən] n (bad-tempered)grincheux/euse m/f; (mean)avare mf
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And the prince or nobleman must be a very stingy curmudgeon, to be sure, if, at least, when his own dinner was over, he would not bid them welcome to the broken victuals from the table.
No churlish old curmudgeon could have been the owner of that grove of bread-fruit trees, or of these gloriously yellow bunches of bananas.
The Vicar himself seemed to wear rather a changed aspect, as most men do when acquaintances made elsewhere see them for the first time in their own homes; some indeed showing like an actor of genial parts disadvantageously cast for the curmudgeon in a new piece.
The veteran actor, who plays curmudgeon Charlie Kelly in the RTE soap, was born and raised in Marino on the northside, and lived with his family in nearby Beaumont for more than 50 years.
Actor Richard Wilson is reviving the celebrated One Foot in the Grave curmudgeon for a sketch in his one-off one-man show.
Actor Richard Wilson is reviving the beloved One Foot In The Grave curmudgeon for a sketch in his new one-off one-man show.
I don't think for one moment I am becoming a Victor Meldrew clone or doddery curmudgeon, I merely wish to be served.
Number of curmudgeons: 97 percent of the respondents indicated they had worked at a community college that had a curmudgeon who reflected the study definition.
Opens Friday THE STARS Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank THE VERICT A grim and gritty story of the harsh reality of the old West, The Homesman (directed by and starring the always convincing Tommy Lee Jones) is the beautiful but rather sorrowful story of a grumpy old curmudgeon (Jones) saved from the hangman.
NEBRASKA (15) ELDERLY curmudgeon Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) receives a bogus prize notification and embarks on a cross-country odyssey to collect the million dollars he believes is waiting for him in the titular state.
YOU can trust an old curmudgeon of a TV veteran to tell it like it is.
He doesn't even have to rake his own bunkers and I bet he's never been hounded out of a clubhouse by some curmudgeon for wearing the wrong type of boxers.