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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.
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a surly or miserly person
[C16: of unknown origin]
curˈmudgeonly adj
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(kərˈmʌdʒ ən)

a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
[1570–80; unexplained; perhaps cur- representing cur]
cur•mudg′eon•ly, adj.
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Noun1.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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(o.f.) [kɜːˈmʌdʒən] Ncascarrabias mf inv
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[kərˈmʌdʒən] n (bad-tempered)grincheux/euse m/f; (mean)avare mf
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References in classic literature ?
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.
While I coined the term "suffering from species alienation," she calls herself a curmudgeon. I define this word as sourced in, which says that "curmudgeons are mockers and debunkers whose bitterness is a symptom rather than a disease.
Having served as past Vice President, I'd like WF and its readership to know a group of volunteer curmudgeons known as the Public Land Water Access Association (PLWA/plwa.
And the babbling chorus of curmudgeons talks down any negotiations with North Korea as wasted time.
This frustration reached an apex for me when, at the 2015 meeting of the Higher Learning Commission, I sat through a keynote presentation on the "problem of curmudgeons" on community college campuses by Terry O'Banion, president emeritus of the League for Innovation in the Community College.
He might have a reputation as one of the biggest curmudgeons in music but there was no sign of any short fuses when Van Morrison took to the stage as the centrepiece of Celtic Connections.
Curmudgeons, he writes, are "highly successful people of both genders who are Inwardly grumpy about many aspects of contemporary culture, make quickand pitiless judgements about yourbehaviorin the workplace, and don't hesitate to act on those judgements in deciding who gets promoted and who gets fired."
Curmudgeons are free to be curmudgeonly'' - Dame Tessa Jowell, shadow Olympics Minister.
SOME curmudgeons may be tired of the format, but if you can get past the endless ads and Katy Perry's track Firework played to death, then Britain's Got Talent is a lot of fun (especially if you record the show beforehand and speed through the dull bits).