adjective, crabbier, crabbiest.
Informal. grouchy; ill-natured; irritable; peevish.

1540–50; crab3 + -y1

crabbily, adverb
crabbiness, noun Unabridged
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crabby (ˈkræbɪ)
adj , -bier, -biest

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Word Origin & History

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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