Nobody wanted to hand a plum invasion spot to some fat egghead from a snooty rag, he crabbed.
Come, don't be crabbed, Vernor; young people ought to enjoy themselves; recollect, we were young ourselves once!
But the crabbed, cruel uncle turns him away also, and bolts the door.
When the boy's mother opened the paper, it was his own crabbed, uneven writing that met her eye.
The times were harsh and crabbed, and the song they yielded was like unto themselves.
One is in rather a crabbed handwriting, and dates from 1574.
He's crabbed on the drink question; that's why he settled in Colorado Springs.
"I shan't," said Tim, surly as crabbed age and incessant banter under a hot sun could make him.
That made me real happy; for I am not a crabbed old bachelor by any means.
How it snaps every thing which approaches it, like some crabbed people in the world!
crustacean, Old English crabba, from a general Germanic root (cf. Dutch krab, Old High German krebiz, German Krabbe, Old Norse krabbi "crab"), related to Low German krabben, Dutch krabelen "to scratch, claw," from PIE root *gerbh- "to scratch, carve" (see carve). The constellation name is attested in English from c.1000; the Crab Nebula (1868), however, is in Taurus, and is so called for its shape. French crabe (13c.) is from Dutch.
"fruit of the wild apple tree," c.1300, crabbe, perhaps from Scandinavian scrab, of obscure origin (cf. Swedish krabbäpple). The combination of "bad-tempered, combative" and "sour" in the two nouns crab naturally yielded a verb meaning of "to vex, irritate" (c.1400), later "to complain irritably, find fault" (c.1500). The noun meaning "sour person" is from 1570s.