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curmudgeon

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noun cur·mud·geon \(ˌ)kər-ˈmə-jən\

Simple Definition of curmudgeon

  • : a person (especially an old man) who is easily annoyed or angered and who often complains

Full Definition of curmudgeon

  1. 1 archaic :  miser

  2. 2 :  a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man

cur·mud·geon·li·ness play \-lē-nəs\ noun
cur·mud·geon·ly play \-lē\ adjective

Examples of curmudgeon

  1. At his quirky best, the elder Cooper is a curmudgeon right out of central casting, grumpy old man meets borscht-belt crank. He really does fiddle with his hearing aid and yell, “What? I can't hear you,” only to chide you afterward that there's no need to shout. —Norah Vincent, New York Times Book Review, 19 Feb. 2006

  2. We were in Edinburgh visiting the in-laws. I was, as usual, being a grumpy old curmudgeon. My people don't travel well. —David Mamet, Jafsie and John Henry Essays, 1999

  3. Oh, he had the reputation for being a curmudgeon, and he didn't suffer fools gladly, and often he seemed to have no tolerance for people at all. —Robertson Davies, The Lyre of Orpheus, 1989

  4. <only a curmudgeon would object to the nursing home's holiday decorations>



Origin of curmudgeon

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First Known Use: 1568


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