Crabbedness
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]


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  • crabbedness — See crabbedly. * * * …   Universalium

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  • crabbedness — n. grouchiness; stubbornness, obstinateness; obscurity, vagueness …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • crabbedness — n grouchiness, ill nature, ill humor, peevishness, spleen, gruffness; irritability, crotchetiness, Inf. crabbiness; bitterness, churlishness, snap pishness, surliness, acrimoniousness; petulance, moodiness, sullenness, moroseness; acerbity,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • crabbedness — crab·bed·ness …   English syllables

  • crabbedness — noun a disposition to be ill tempered • Syn: ↑crabbiness, ↑crossness • Derivationally related forms: ↑cross (for: ↑crossness), ↑crabbed, ↑crabby ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • Asperities — Asperity As*per i*ty, n.; pl. {Asperities}. [L. asperitas, fr. asper rough: cf. F. asp[ e]rit[ e].] 1. Roughness of surface; unevenness; opposed to {smoothness}. The asperities of dry bodies. Boyle. [1913 Webster] 2. Roughness or harshness of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Asperity — As*per i*ty, n.; pl. {Asperities}. [L. asperitas, fr. asper rough: cf. F. asp[ e]rit[ e].] 1. Roughness of surface; unevenness; opposed to {smoothness}. The asperities of dry bodies. Boyle. [1913 Webster] 2. Roughness or harshness of sound; that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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