curmudgeon


cur·mud·geon

noun \(ˌ)kər-ˈmə-jən\

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

Full Definition of CURMUDGEON

1
archaic :  miser
2
:  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

Origin of CURMUDGEON

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1568

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