noun cur·mud·geon \(ˌ)kər-ˈmə-jən\

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

Full Definition of CURMUDGEON

archaic :  miser
:  a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man
cur·mud·geon·li·ness \-lē-nəs\ noun
cur·mud·geon·ly \-lē\ adjective

Examples of CURMUDGEON

  1. <only a curmudgeon would object to the nursing home's holiday decorations>
  2. 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


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First Known Use: 1568


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