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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, I'll buy the gayest gown I can get, and dance over the old curmudgeon's grave in it.
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.
But those who feel the bewhiskered curmudgeon is a nuisance to whom they would rather not be exposed are almost certainly in a significant minority.
The near-copying was revealed last night on Josh Fruhlinger's Comics Curmudgeon blog.
Practitioner von Dam addresses concerned laypeople as well as professionals in mental health and criminology as she describes child molesters as addicts in their various types, including the saintly, the industrious, the curmudgeon, and the crude.
When he's not reveling in the role of prickly curmudgeon, Lauria shifts easily into other guises, like the wide-eyed nostalgist and even, occasionally, the supportive dad.
I was pleasantly surprised, however, to discover that the great majority of these 27 essays--drawn from diverse sources including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, and topics of interest even to a cultural curmudgeon such as myself.
In making these assertions, I am not being a curmudgeon, a whiner or a spoilsport.
For a while, I tried "curmudgeon." A curmudgeon, in my own enlightened sense, is a person who is against improving things for the sake of it.
Studs points out in his introduction that the curmudgeon factor is largely absent from the concerns of the elders for the young.