Crabbed Crab"bed (kr?b"b?d), a. [See {Crab},n.] 1. Characterized by or manifesting, sourness, peevishness, or moroseness; harsh; cross; cynical; -- applied to feelings, disposition, or manners. [1913 Webster]

Crabbed age and youth can not live together. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized by harshness or roughness; unpleasant; -- applied to things; as, a crabbed taste. [1913 Webster]

3. Obscure; difficult; perplexing; trying; as, a crabbed author. ``Crabbed eloquence.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

How charming is divine philosophy! Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Cramped; irregular; as, crabbed handwriting. -- {Crab"bed*ly}, adv. -- {Crab"bed*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • perversely — Synonyms and related words: bearishly, cantankerously, churlishly, contrarily, contrariwise, crabbedly, crankily, crossly, crustily, fractiously, frowardly, huffily, ill humoredly, ill naturedly, irascibly, irritably, snappily, sourly, sulkily,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • crabbed — adjective 1》 (of writing) hard to read or understand. 2》 crabby. Derivatives crabbedly adverb crabbedness noun Origin ME: from crab1, because of the crab s sideways gait and habit of snapping …   English new terms dictionary

  • crabbed — /kræbd/ (say krabd) adjective 1. perplexing; intricate: a crabbed author; crabbed writings. 2. difficult to decipher, as cramped handwriting. 3. Obsolete perverse; contrary and irritable. {Middle English, from crab1 + ed3} –crabbedly /ˈkræbədli/… …   Australian English dictionary

  • crabbed — [krab′id] adj. [< CRAB1, infl. by CRAB2] 1. peevish; morose; cross 2. hard to understand because intricate or complicated 3. hard to read or make out because cramped or irregular [crabbed handwriting] crabbedly …   English World dictionary

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