adjective crab·bed \ˈkra-bəd\

: difficult to read or understand

: very negative : full of unhappy ideas

Full Definition of CRABBED

:  marked by a forbidding moroseness <a crabbed view of human nature>
:  difficult to read or understand <crabbed handwriting>
crab·bed·ness noun

Origin of CRABBED

Middle English, partly from crabbe crustacean, partly from crabbe crab apple
First Known Use: 14th century


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