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adj. crab·bi·er, crab·bi·est Informal
Grouchy; ill-tempered.

crab′bi·ly adv.
crab′bi·ness n.


in a crabby manner
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In 1957 Sorokin wrote crabbily, "Americans are victims of a sex mania as malign as cancer and as socially menacing as communism.
Not only is this resultant claustrophobia dramatically useful--the characters cannot escape one another--it allows for unusually engrossing "business" as Josie crabbily sets about washing clothes or releasing a glorious cascade of water over estate owner Harder (nicely comic Billy Carter, bringing new meaning to the phrase "wet behind the ears").