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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crotchetiness \ ˈkrä-​chə-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce crotchety (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 This casual yet momentous inversion of the domestic labors that Beauvoir cursed yields the indelible image of a crotchety old lady propped up with her small menagerie in bed, while, in the kitchen, the men marinate a leg of lamb for her dinner. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 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, 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., 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, 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, 5 Dec. 2019 Beal — by then a crotchety town character — would be known to loudly declare, often while shirtless. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 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, 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,, 30 Oct. 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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“Crotchety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crotchety

: often annoyed and angry : grouchy


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

Kids Definition of crotchety

: very grumpy or unpleasant

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