crabbed

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adjective crab·bed \ˈkra-bəd\

Definition of crabbed

  1. 1 :  marked by a forbidding moroseness a crabbed view of human nature

  2. 2 :  difficult to read or understand crabbed handwriting

crabbedness

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Origin and Etymology of crabbed

Middle English, partly from crabbe crustacean, partly from crabbe crab apple

Synonym Discussion of crabbed

sullen, glum, morose, surly, sulky, crabbed, saturnine, gloomy mean showing a forbidding or disagreeable mood. sullen implies a silent ill humor and a refusal to be sociable. remained sullen amid the festivities glum suggests a silent dispiritedness. a glum candidate left to ponder a stunning defeat morose adds to glum an element of bitterness or misanthropy. morose job seekers who are inured to rejection surly implies gruffness and sullenness of speech or manner. a typical surly teenager sulky suggests childish resentment expressed in peevish sullenness. grew sulky after every spat crabbed applies to a forbidding morose harshness of manner. the school's notoriously crabbed headmaster saturnine describes a heavy forbidding aspect or suggests a bitter disposition. a saturnine cynic always finding fault gloomy implies a depression in mood making for seeming sullenness or glumness. a gloomy mood ushered in by bad news

CRABBED Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of crabbed for English Language Learners

  • : difficult to read or understand

  • : very negative : full of unhappy ideas


CRABBED Defined for Kids

crabbed

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adjective crab·bed \ˈkra-bəd\

Definition of crabbed for Students

  1. :  crabby


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