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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).]
a surly or miserly person
[C16: of unknown origin]
a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
[1570–80; unexplained; perhaps cur- representing cur]
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|Noun||1.||curmudgeon - a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas|