crotchety

adjective
crotch·​ety | \ ˈkrä-chə-tē How to pronounce crotchety (audio) \

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 How to pronounce crotchetiness (audio) \ 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 on the Web Ford is fine as the crotchety old outdoorsman, with Omar Sy and Cara Gee -- portraying the intrepid mail carriers -- the only other flesh-and-blood creatures that even register. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Call of the Wild' gets caught in a no-dog's land between live-action and animation," 20 Feb. 2020 The oldest candidate in the race, the determinedly crotchety 78-year-old Senator Sanders, is a hit with the youngest voters tracking the 2020 campaign. BostonGlobe.com, "But Buttigieg struggles to win over the young. That’s Bernie country. The oldest candidate in the race, the determinedly crotchety 78-year-old Senator Sanders, is a hit with the youngest voters tracking the 2020 campaign.," 15 Dec. 2019 Spencer's crotchety grandfather, Eddie (Danny DeVito), and his elderly pal Milo (Danny Glover), get sucked into the game, too. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Jumanji: The Next Level is less fresh this time around but still lots of fun," 13 Dec. 2019 And a crotchety old skirt-chasing white guy who has been elected to office once as a Republican and precisely zero times as a Democrat? Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Mike Bloomberg Runs for President," 5 Dec. 2019 Beal — by then a crotchety town character — would be known to loudly declare, often while shirtless. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Crystal Cathedral, the original evangelical megachurch, has a conversion to Catholicism," 21 July 2019 But Harrison's ticket to the White House was an anti-Harrison editorial that derided him as a crotchety old soldier drinking hard cider in a log cabin. CBS News, "The long and short of President Harrison," 12 June 2012 Witherspoon appeared as Willie Jones, the hilariously crotchety father of Ice Cube’s character in the 1995 classic comedy Friday. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Comedian and Friday star John Witherspoon dies at 77," 30 Oct. 2019 Beal — by then a crotchety town character — would be known to loudly declare, often while shirtless. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Crystal Cathedral, the original evangelical megachurch, has a conversion to Catholicism," 21 July 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Crotchety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crotchety. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for crotchety

crotchety

adjective
How to pronounce crotchety (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of crotchety

: often annoyed and angry

crotchety

adjective
crotch·​ety | \ ˈkrä-chə-tē How to pronounce crotchety (audio) \

Kids Definition of crotchety

: very grumpy or unpleasant

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