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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
Far better to be a reader's advocate than to be a curmudgeon.
And those revelations not only transform Scrooge from money-fixated curmudgeon to philanthropist, but also cast a light on Dickens' own motivations in David Edgar's adaptation.
Sorry to be such a curmudgeon but I have got serious Pippa fatigue.
MacLaine's comic timing remains impeccable (recall how funny she was as a 'lovable' curmudgeon in 'Steel Magnolias') and, without skipping a beat, Lange wisely takes her cue from the 82-year-old acting legend.
In a word, it makes the gadfly, the curmudgeon, the gnats and mosquitoes who refuse to stop their irritating buzzing in the ear of power possible.
Actor Richard Wilson is reviving the celebrated One Foot in the Grave curmudgeon for a sketch in his one-off one-man show.
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.
So what is the curmudgeon crabbing about this time?
As a portrait of the compelling curmudgeon, Burt's Buzz isn't quite as penetrating as one might hope for.