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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Example sentences
Many people get irritable and crabby when they are dehydrated.
Do your best to be patient with her if she is crabby.
He argued all the time with the parents and he was crabby.
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