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crabby

[krab-ee] /ˈkræb i/
adjective, crabbier, crabbiest.
1.
Informal. grouchy; ill-natured; irritable; peevish.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; crab3 + -y1
Related forms
crabbily, adverb
crabbiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for crabbiness

crabby

/ˈkræbɪ/
adjective -bier, -biest
1.
bad-tempered
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Word Origin and History for crabbiness

crabby

adj.

1520s, in now-obsolete sense "crooked, gnarled, rough," from extended sense of crab (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "disagreeable, sour, peevish" is attested from 1776, American English. Both senses were found earlier in crabbed.

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