Definition of crotchety
- a crotchety old man
- a crotchety critic
- a crotchety style
- Crotchety twilight-of-life drama.
- —Entertainment Weekly
None of the students dared to talk back to the crotchety old teacher.
I get crotchety after a long day at work.
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choleric, crabby, cranky, cross, fiery, grouchy, grumpy, irascible, irritable, peevish, perverse, pettish, petulant, prickly, quick-tempered, raspy, short-tempered, snappish, snappy, snippy, stuffy, testy, waspish;
out of humor, out of sorts;
: often annoyed and angry
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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