follow Dictionary.com

Fiancé or fiancée? What's the difference?

crabby

[krab-ee] /ˈkræb i/
adjective, crabbier, crabbiest.
1.
Informal. grouchy; ill-natured; irritable; peevish.
Origin of crabby
1540-1550
1540-50; crab3 + -y1
Related forms
crabbily, adverb
crabbiness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for crabby
British Dictionary definitions for crabby

crabby

/ˈkræbɪ/
adjective -bier, -biest
1.
bad-tempered
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for crabby

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for crabby

15
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for crabby