cur·​mud·​geon (ˌ)kər-ˈmə-jən How to pronounce curmudgeon (audio)
: a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man
archaic : miser
curmudgeonliness noun
curmudgeonly 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 That’s long been the energy these curmudgeons put out into the universe, but hearing themselves invite negativity into their souls with such plain language drives them both bananas. Charles Bramesco, Vulture, 1 Mar. 2024 But there’s one Kansas City salad that even a greens curmudgeon like me will eat: the spinach and goat cheese salad at Spin! Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 28 May 2024 My knee-jerk reaction was to be a curmudgeon and say all of them except high school. Sherry Kuehl, Kansas City Star, 22 May 2024 Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge combines with dazzling set, costume and lighting designs for a magical holiday experience! The Enquirer, 4 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for curmudgeon 

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First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of curmudgeon was in 1568

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“Curmudgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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cur·​mud·​geon kər-ˈməj-ən How to pronounce curmudgeon (audio)
: a grumpy and usually old man
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