curmudgeon

noun
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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web Charles Grodin, the urbane actor who made his roles as a curmudgeon seem cool, died Tuesday at his home in Connecticut of bone marrow cancer. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 In the show, he’s played by Ray Romano as more of a tender-hearted schlub than a true-blue curmudgeon. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 4 May 2021 Over the decades, Philip’s image changed from that of handsome, dashing athlete to arrogant and insensitive curmudgeon. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 Over the decades, Philip’s image changed from that of handsome, dashing athlete to arrogant and insensitive curmudgeon. The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Apr. 2021 Over the decades, Philip’s image changed from that of handsome, dashing athlete to arrogant and insensitive curmudgeon. Jill Lawless And Gregory Katz, Chron, 9 Apr. 2021 Philip was known equally as a curmudgeon and a charmer who could quickly put nervous guests at ease with an easy (and sometimes outrageous) one-liner. Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 The whole book is a complex ode to love and caring for your fellow human, but from a crusty, cursing curmudgeon of the best sort. Dan Carsen, al, 6 Apr. 2021 Scrooge is largely the same familiar curmudgeon, along with lovable doofus Launchpad McQuack. Savannah Salazar, Vulture, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of curmudgeon

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for curmudgeon

origin unknown

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“Curmudgeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curmudgeon. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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curmudgeon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of curmudgeon

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

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