crotchety

adjective
crotch·​ety | \ˈkrä-chə-tē \

Definition of crotchety 

1 : given to crotchets (see crotchet sense 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

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Other Words from crotchety

crotchetiness \ 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.

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Kutcher’s one-time local football hero returns to his family’s struggling Colorado ranch to help his partying brother, Masterson’s Rooster, and his crotchety father, Sam Elliott’s Beau; hysterics do not ensue. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "A guide to good Netflix vs. bad Netflix," 21 June 2018 Perhaps no one should have expected anything less from the 81-year-old senator, who can be crotchety and cantankerous but is also seen by many, both in and out of politics, as an American hero, flaws and all. CBS News, "Even in illness, McCain is still ready to fight back," 12 May 2018 Perhaps no one should have expected anything less from the 81-year-old senator, who can be crotchety and cantankerous but is also seen by many, both in and out of politics, as an American hero, flaws and all. Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, "McCain is still up for a fight, even as he battles a deadly illness," 12 May 2018 Perhaps no one should have expected anything less from the 81-year-old senator, who can be crotchety and cantankerous but is also seen by many, both in and out of politics, as an American hero, flaws and all. CBS News, "Even in illness, McCain is still ready to fight back," 12 May 2018 Perhaps no one should have expected anything less from the 81-year-old senator, who can be crotchety and cantankerous but is also seen by many, both in and out of politics, as an American hero, flaws and all. Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, "McCain is still up for a fight, even as he battles a deadly illness," 12 May 2018 In late May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a crotchety phone argument about trade with President Donald Trump. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump is not entirely wrong about the War of 1812.," 7 June 2018 Perhaps no one should have expected anything less from the 81-year-old senator, who can be crotchety and cantankerous but is also seen by many, both in and out of politics, as an American hero, flaws and all. CBS News, "Even in illness, McCain is still ready to fight back," 12 May 2018 Perhaps no one should have expected anything less from the 81-year-old senator, who can be crotchety and cantankerous but is also seen by many, both in and out of politics, as an American hero, flaws and all. Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, "McCain is still up for a fight, even as he battles a deadly illness," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of crotchety

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crotchety

see crotchet

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The first known use of crotchety was in 1825

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crotchety

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of crotchety

: often annoyed and angry

crotchety

adjective
crotch·​ety | \ˈkrä-chə-tē \

Kids Definition of crotchety

: very grumpy or unpleasant

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