cur·​mud·​geon | \ (ˌ)kər-ˈmə-jən How to pronounce curmudgeon (audio) \

Definition of curmudgeon

1 : a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man
2 archaic : miser

Other Words from curmudgeon

curmudgeonliness \ (ˌ)kər-​ˈmə-​jən-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce curmudgeon (audio) \ noun
curmudgeonly \ (ˌ)kər-​ˈmə-​jən-​lē How to pronounce curmudgeon (audio) \ adjective

Examples of curmudgeon in a Sentence

At his quirky best, the elder Cooper is a curmudgeon right out of central casting, grumpy old man meets borscht-belt crank. He really does fiddle with his hearing aid and yell, "What? I can't hear you," only to chide you afterward that there's no need to shout. — Norah Vincent, New York Times Book Review, 19 Feb. 2006 We were in Edinburgh visiting the in-laws. I was, as usual, being a grumpy old curmudgeon. My people don't travel well. — David Mamet, Jafsie and John Henry Essays, 1999 Oh, he had the reputation for being a curmudgeon, and he didn't suffer fools gladly, and often he seemed to have no tolerance for people at all. — Robertson Davies, The Lyre of Orpheus, 1989 only a curmudgeon would object to the nursing home's holiday decorations
Recent Examples on the Web Was Sendak, a famous curmudgeon then middle aged, identifying with his older relatives? Cate Mcquaid,, 14 July 2022 At the wake for Arconian residents, the curmudgeon is still Bunny's passionate defender and thinks Charles, Oliver, and Mabel probably did it. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 June 2022 The Upper West Side booths, which are of the Superman variety, survived in part owing to the agitations of a phone-loving Upper West Side curmudgeon, who persuaded political allies to grant the phones protected status. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 28 May 2022 Far from the eager rib-ticklers he was known for, Crystal — then 44, under layers of old-age makeup — played Buddy as a selfish curmudgeon who has alienated his family and refuses to accept that his career is over. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Truman’s flaws are often seen as the unfortunate imperfections of a lovable curmudgeon. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 Johnson, beloved for playing New Girl‘s secretly kind curmudgeon Nick Miller, was pretty much made for his role. Judy Berman, Time, 17 Mar. 2022 Outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoo and free advice to all who enter, including an eccentric millionaire, a rich curmudgeon, a local social leader and Shelby, the prettiest girl in town, who's about to be married. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 16 Mar. 2022 Press accounts called him everything from a millionaire curmudgeon to a civic saint. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of curmudgeon

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for curmudgeon

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“Curmudgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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