crabbed

  • 1Crabbed — 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2crabbed — [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

  • 3crabbed — index perverse, petulant, recondite Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4crabbed — (adj.) late 14c., lit. resembling a crab, in reference to crookedness, from CRAB (Cf. crab) (1). Of taste bitter, harsh, late 14c., from CRAB (Cf. crab) (2). Meaning peevish is attested from 1560s, in reference to a crab s combative disposition …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5crabbed — *sullen, surly, glum, morose, gloomy, sulky, saturnine, dour Analogous words: crusty, gruff, brusque, blunt (see BLUFF): testy, choleric, cranky, cross, splenetic, *irascible: snappish, huffy, *irritable Contrasted words: *amiable, good natured,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6crabbed — meaning ‘irritable’ or ‘hard to decipher’, is pronounced as two syllables …

    Modern English usage

  • 7crabbed — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of writing) hard to read or understand. 2) bad tempered; crabby. ORIGIN from CRAB(Cf. ↑crablike), because of the crab s sideways gait and habit of snapping …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8crabbed — adjective Etymology: Middle English, partly from crabbe crustacean, partly from crabbe crab apple Date: 14th century 1. marked by a forbidding moroseness < a crabbed view of human nature > 2. difficult to read or understand …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9crabbed — crab|bed [ kræbəd ] adjective 1. ) crabbed writing is written in small letters that are very close together and difficult to read: CRAMPED: crabbed handwriting 2. ) OLD FASHIONED CRABBY …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10crabbed — adjective 1 writing which is crabbed is difficult to read because the letters are small and untidy 2 old fashioned someone who is crabbed always behaves as if they are annoyed; bad tempered …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11crabbed — adjective 1) her crabbed handwriting Syn: cramped, ill formed, bad, illegible, unreadable, indecipherable, hieroglyphic; shaky, spidery 2) a crabbed old man See crabby …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 12crabbed — UK [ˈkræbɪd] / US [ˈkræbəd] adjective crabbed writing is written in small letters that are very close together and difficult to read crabbed handwriting …

    English dictionary

  • 13crabbed — /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/&#8230; …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 14crabbed — adjective /kræbd/ a) Bad tempered or cantankerous. A wrinkled crabbed man they picture thee, b) Cramped, bent. Old Winter, with a rugged beard as grey …

    Wiktionary

  • 15crabbed — crab|bed [ˈkræbıd] adj [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: CRAB; later influenced by crab apple] literary writing which is crabbed is small, untidy, and difficult to read …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16crabbed — [13] Because of their tendency to deploy their pincers at the slightest provocation, and also perhaps because of their sidelong method of locomotion, crabs seem always to have had a reputation for being short tempered and perverse. Hence the&#8230; …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17crabbed — crabby / crabbed [adj] in a bad mood acid, acrid, acrimonious, awkward, bad tempered, blunt, brusque, captious, choleric, churlish, cranky*, cross, crotchety, crusty*, cynical, difficult, dour, fretful, gloomy, glum, grouchy*, harsh, huffy, ill&#8230; …

    New thesaurus

  • 18crabbed — [13] Because of their tendency to deploy their pincers at the slightest provocation, and also perhaps because of their sidelong method of locomotion, crabs seem always to have had a reputation for being short tempered and perverse. Hence the&#8230; …

    Word origins

  • 19crabbed — crabbedly, adv. crabbedness, n. /krab id/, adj. 1. grouchy; ill natured; irritable; churlish. 2. perverse; contrary; obstinate. 3. hard to understand; intricate and obscure. 4. difficult to read or decipher, as handwriting. [1250 1300; ME; see&#8230; …

    Universalium

  • 20crabbed — Synonyms and related words: Byzantine, acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acescent, anile, balled up, bearish, beyond one, bitchy, blunt, brusque, cankered, cantankerous, choleric, churlish, complex, complicated, confounded, confused, convoluted, crab,&#8230; …

    Moby Thesaurus