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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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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.
According to O'Banion, curmudgeons are like "gnats" and "mosquitoes" in that they are constantly irritating; rogue trustees are like "pterodactyls" in that they can cause major damage (he actually said this).
He might have a reputation as one of the biggest curmudgeons in music but there was no sign of any short fuses when Van Morrison took to the stage as the centrepiece of Celtic Connections.
Curmudgeons, he writes, are "highly successful people of both genders who are Inwardly grumpy about many aspects of contemporary culture, make quickand pitiless judgements about yourbehaviorin the workplace, and don't hesitate to act on those judgements in deciding who gets promoted and who gets fired.
Curmudgeons are free to be curmudgeonly'' - Dame Tessa Jowell, shadow Olympics Minister.
SOME curmudgeons may be tired of the format, but if you can get past the endless ads and Katy Perry's track Firework played to death, then Britain's Got Talent is a lot of fun (especially if you record the show beforehand and speed through the dull bits).
It was a nuclear option and it has been a monumental own goal" Tory MP Mark Field on the reasons given for closing St Paul's Cathedral "Short-termists, armchair engineers, curmudgeons and fault-finders" Energy Secretary Chris Huhne attacks critics of wind farms "I am 61, so I am not going to be saying I must work.
THE National Association of Curmudgeons (self as president for life and sole voting member) held its annual general meeting last week at a suitable hostelry.
Thus the tale of the Cofton curmudgeons delighted me for its illustration of the best of British parochialism.
Of course, I would not be rushing to take short odds about Youmzain beating Sea The Stars on 8lb better terms in an imaginary handicap but, as a suggestion, why not run each of the final championship races of the European season at level weights, thus denying grumpy old curmudgeons like me the chance to write the first sentence of this letter?