crabby


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crab·by

 (krăb′ē)
adj. crab·bi·er, crab·bi·est Informal
Grouchy; ill-tempered.

crab′bi·ly adv.
crab′bi·ness n.

crabby

(ˈkræbɪ)
adj, -bier or -biest
bad-tempered

crab•by

(ˈkræb i)

adj. -bi•er, -bi•est.
ill-tempered; peevish; grouchy.
[1540–50]
crab′bi•ly, adv.
crab′bi•ness, n.

crabby

, crabbed - Crabby and crabbed derive from a crab's sideways movement and habit of snapping (thought to suggest a perverse or irritable nature).
See also related terms for perverse.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.crabby - annoyed and irritablecrabby - annoyed and irritable    
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

crabby

adjective bad-tempered, acid, irritable, cross, awkward, sour, prickly, snappy, surly, tetchy, ratty (Brit. & N.Z. informal), testy, grouchy (informal), unsociable, misanthropic, crotchety (informal), snappish, ill-humoured, nasty-tempered Our grandmother was a crabby, bossy old woman.

crabby

adjective
Translations
سيء المزاج، شَديد التَّذَمُّـر والأنتقاد
mrzutýpodrážděnýstěžující si
malmostoso

crabby

[ˈkræbɪ] ADJmalhumorado, hosco

crabby

[ˈkræbi] adjgrincheux/euse

crabby

adj (+er) persongriesgrämig, mürrisch

crabby

[ˈkræbɪ] crabbed [ˈkræbɪd] adj (fam) → acido/a, scontroso/a

crab2

(krab) past tense past participle crabbed verb
(slang) to complain or criticize. He keeps on crabbing about the weather.
ˈcrabby adjective
bad-tempered; complaining. a crabby old man.
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