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.
Origin and Etymology of crotchety
First Known Use: 1825
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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