curmudgeon

noun cur·mud·geon \ (ˌ)kər-ˈmə-jən \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of curmudgeon

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

curmudgeonliness

play \(ˌ)kər-ˈmə-jən-lē-nəs\ noun

curmudgeonly

play \(ˌ)kər-ˈmə-jən-lē\ adjective

Examples of curmudgeon in a Sentence

  1. 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 VincentNew York Times Book Review19 Feb. 2006
  2. We were in Edinburgh visiting the in-laws. I was, as usual, being a grumpy old curmudgeon. My people don't travel well. —David MametJafsie and John Henry Essays1999
  3. 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 DaviesThe Lyre of Orpheus1989
  4. only a curmudgeon would object to the nursing home's holiday decorations

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Origin and Etymology of curmudgeon

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CURMUDGEON Defined for English Language Learners

curmudgeon

noun

Definition of curmudgeon for English Language Learners

  • : a person (especially an old man) who is easily annoyed or angered and who often complains


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