crab·​by | \ ˈkra-bē How to pronounce crabby (audio) \
crabbier; crabbiest

Definition of crabby

: easily irritated : peevish and irritable : grouchy a crabby recluse He gets crabby if he doesn't have his morning coffee. She was in a crabby mood and got a certain amount of satisfaction out of pushing her sister's buttons.— Isis Crawford

Other Words from crabby

crabbiness noun
… the waiters have shed Stalinist crabbiness in favor of Parisian-style contempt for the customer. — Kati Marton

Examples of crabby in a Sentence

She gets crabby if she doesn't get enough sleep. a crabby old dog who snapped at passersby
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First Known Use of crabby

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crabby

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“Crabby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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crab·​by | \ ˈkra-bē How to pronounce crabby (audio) \
crabbier; crabbiest

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