crotchety


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Related to crotchety: counterproductive, cagey, snide

crotch·et·y

 (krŏch′ĭ-tē)
adj.
Capriciously stubborn or eccentric; perverse.

crotch′et·i·ness n.

crotchety

(ˈkrɒtʃɪtɪ)
adj
1. informal cross; irritable; contrary
2. full of crotchets
ˈcrotchetiness n

crotch•et•y

(ˈkrɒtʃ ɪ ti)

adj.
1. given to odd fancies or whims; eccentric.
2. grouchy or cantankerous
3. of the nature of a crotchet.
[1815–25]
crotch′et•i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.crotchety - having a difficult and contrary disposition; "a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

crotchety

Translations
سَيّء المَزاج، ذو أفكار غَريبَـه
vrtošivýpodivínský
irritabelvranten
äksyoikukas
rögeszmés
kenjóttur
irzlus
untumains

crotchety

[ˈkrɒtʃɪtɪ] ADJarisco, malhumorado

crotchety

[ˈkrɒtʃɪti] adj (= grumpy) [person] → grognon(ne), grincheux/euse

crotchety

adj (inf: = cross) → schlecht gelaunt, miesepetrig (inf); childquengelig (inf)

crotchety

[ˈkrɒtʃɪtɪ] adj (fam) (person) → burbero/a, irritabile, stizzoso/a

crotchety

(ˈkrotʃəti) adjective
bad-tempered.
References in classic literature ?
The old fellow's crotchety! Of course Prince Andrew is not a child and can shift without him, but it's not nice to enter a family against a father's will.
Yet, having intimated that her appearance was peculiar, as being unlike that of her Flemish companions, I have little more to say respecting it; I can pronounce no encomiums on her beauty, for she was not beautiful; nor offer condolence on her plainness, for neither was she plain; a careworn character of forehead, and a corresponding moulding of the mouth, struck me with a sentiment resembling surprise, but these traits would probably have passed unnoticed by any less crotchety observer.
Fentolin is only an ordinary, crotchety invalid with queer tastes.
James Laurence is a crotchety old fellow and not to be depended on.
'You must guide him, you know; you must steer him; you must direct him; he is one of a crotchety sort,' said Mr Meagles, evidently meaning nothing more than that he did new things and went new ways;
-- Wilson, actor who played the crotchety Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave.
The most-renowned story, "Christmas Carol," featuring crotchety, money-hungry Ebenezer Scrooge, is brought forth in the 1800s Apartment 56-brand village.
While the piece retained the spirit of Victorian London, Young's crotchety Scots accent worked extremely well.
This one-man show sees him play every role, leaping from the 'delightful boy', Tiny Tim, to the crotchety old curmudgeon himself, Ebenezer Scrooge.
Josie falls for the rustic charms of the local community--including Jack Corcoran, the crotchety keeper of Ponder's famed sourdough starter, and, in particular, the quiet and intense Palmer Saxon, a famed master swordsmith.
Karl Pilkington stars in this comedy-drama about a crotchety cabbie and his inner self, who's not shy about speaking his mind.
Barbara Shapiro is the consummate language czar: careful, knowledgeable and delightfully crotchety. She doesn't like when writers strain to be original.