crotchety
adjective Date: 1825 1. given to crotchets ; subject to whims, crankiness, or ill temper <
a crotchety old man
>
2. full of or arising from crotchets <
a crotchety style
>
crotchetiness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Crotchety — Crotch et*y (kr?ch ?t ?), a. Given to crotchets; subject to whims; as, a crotchety man. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crotchety — index restive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • crotchety — 1825, from CROTCHET (Cf. crotchet) whim or fancy + Y (Cf. y) (2). But the sense evolution is obscure …   Etymology dictionary

  • crotchety — [adj] irritable, often due to old age awkward, bad tempered, bearish, cantankerous, contrary, crabby*, cranky, cross, cross grained, crusty, curmudgeonly, difficult, disagreeable, eccentric, fractious, grouchy, grumpy, irritable, obstinate,… …   New thesaurus

  • crotchety — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ irritable …   English terms dictionary

  • crotchety — [kräch′ē] adj. 1. full of peculiar whims or stubborn notions; cantankerous; eccentric 2. having the nature of a crotchet crotchetiness n …   English World dictionary

  • crotchety — [[t]krɒ̱tʃɪti[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A crotchety person is bad tempered and easily irritated. [INFORMAL] ...a crotchety old man. Syn: grumpy …   English dictionary

  • crotchety — crotch|et|y [ˈkrɔtʃıti US ˈkra: ] adj [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: crotchet small hook, strange idea (15 20 centuries), from French crochet; CROCHET] easily annoyed or made slightly angry = ↑grumpy ▪ a crotchety old man …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • crotchety — crotch|et|y [ kratʃəti ] adjective INFORMAL someone who is crotchety gets easily annoyed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • crotchety — adjective often slightly angry or annoyed: a crotchety old man …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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