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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).]
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a surly or miserly person
[C16: of unknown origin]
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a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
[1570–80; unexplained; perhaps cur- representing cur]
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|Noun||1.||curmudgeon - a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas|
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noun grump (informal), bear, grumbler, grouser, malcontent, grouch (informal), sourpuss (informal), churl, crosspatch (informal) a terrible old curmudgeon
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curmudgeon(o.f.) [kɜːˈmʌdʒən] N → cascarrabias mf inv
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curmudgeon[kərˈmʌdʒən] n (bad-tempered) → grincheux/euse m/f; (mean) → avare mf
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