crotchety

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adjective crotch·ety \ˈkrä-chə-tē\

Definition of crotchety

  1. 1 :  given to crotchets (see crotchet 2a) :  subject to whims, crankiness, or ill temper a crotchety old man a crotchety critic

  2. 2 :  full of or arising from crotchets a crotchety style Crotchety twilight-of-life drama. — Entertainment Weekly

crotchetiness

play \ˈkrä-chə-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of crotchety in a Sentence

  1. None of the students dared to talk back to the crotchety old teacher.

  2. I get crotchety after a long day at work.

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Origin and Etymology of crotchety

see crotchet


CROTCHETY Defined for English Language Learners

crotchety

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adjective

Definition of crotchety for English Language Learners

  • : often annoyed and angry


CROTCHETY Defined for Kids

crotchety

play
adjective crotch·ety \ˈkrä-chə-tē\

Definition of crotchety for Students

  1. :  very grumpy or unpleasant



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