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.

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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 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 Maisie hears about a gold rush just outside a town, and decides to go into business with ta family of poor prospectors and a crotchety ranch owner who may be unknowingly sitting on a valuable vein of gold. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 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 Beal — by then a crotchety town character — would be known to loudly declare, often while shirtless. Los Angeles Times, "A folk art trash palace in the shadow of Hearst Castle," 19 July 2019 Bernie Sanders seemed not as interesting as last cycle, more crotchety and irritable. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "The 2020 Democrats Lack Hindsight," 28 June 2019 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

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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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crotchety

adjective

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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