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crabbed

[krab-id] /ˈkræb ɪd/
adjective
1.
grouchy; ill-natured; irritable; churlish.
2.
perverse; contrary; obstinate.
3.
hard to understand; intricate and obscure.
4.
difficult to read or decipher, as handwriting.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see crab1, -ed3
Related forms
crabbedly, adverb
crabbedness, noun
Synonyms
1. cross, peevish, cantankerous.
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British Dictionary definitions for crabbedness

crabbed

/ˈkræbɪd/
adjective
1.
surly; irritable; perverse
2.
(esp of handwriting) cramped and hard to decipher
Derived Forms
crabbedly, adverb
crabbedness, noun
Word Origin
C13: probably from crab1 (from its wayward gait), influenced by crab(apple) (from its tartness)
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Word Origin and History for crabbedness

crabbed

adj.

late 14c., literally "resembling a crab," in reference to crookedness, from crab (n.1). Of taste "bitter, harsh," late 14c., from crab (n.2). Meaning "peevish" is attested from 1560s, in reference to a crab's combative disposition.

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