Definition of crotchety
1 : given to crotchets (see crotchet 2a) : subject to whims, crankiness, or ill temper a crotchety old man a crotchety critic
2 : full of or arising from crotchets a crotchety style Crotchety twilight-of-life drama. — Entertainment Weekly
crotchetinessplay \ˈkrä-chə-tē-nəs\ noun
Examples of crotchety in a Sentence
None of the students dared to talk back to the crotchety old teacher.
I get crotchety after a long day at work.
Recent Examples of crotchety from the Web
In a household where the only females are of the canine persuasion, Rachel soon becomes de facto hostess, charming even the crotchety old servant Seecombe (a scene-stealing Tim Barlow), who had dreaded her arrival.
Warren, these Democrats believe, was a more appealing outsider candidate than the perennially crotchety Bernie Sanders.
When the crotchety British astronomer Robert Hooke argued with his French counterpart, Adrien Auzout, over the design of telescope lenses, Oldenburg, ever the diplomat, managed to appease both.
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CROTCHETY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of crotchety for English Language Learners
: often annoyed and angry
CROTCHETY Defined for Kids
Definition of crotchety for Students
: very grumpy or unpleasant
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