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curmudgeon

[ker-muhj-uhn]
noun
a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.

Origin:
1570–80; unexplained; perhaps cur- representing cur

curmudgeonly, adjective


grouch, crank, bear, sourpuss, crosspatch.
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curmudgeon (kɜːˈmʌdʒən)
 
n
a surly or miserly person
 
[C16: of unknown origin]
 
cur'mudgeonly
 
adj

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curmudgeon
1577, of unknown origin; Johnson's suggestion that it is from Fr. coeur mechant "evil heart" is no longer taken seriously; the first syllable may be cur "dog."
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