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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
1520s, in obs. sense "crooked, gnarled, rough," from extended sense of crab. Meaning "disagreeable, sour, peevish" is attested from 1776, Amer.Eng. Both senses were found earlier in crabbed (c.1510 and c.1300 respectively).
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