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crotchety

[kroch-i-tee] /ˈkrɒtʃ ɪ ti/
adjective
1.
given to odd notions, whims, grouchiness, etc.
2.
of the nature of a crotchet.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; crotchet + -y1
Related forms
crotchetiness, noun
Synonyms
1. fussy, eccentric, grouchy.
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Examples from the web for crotchety
  • Elaine is used to writers being crotchety, bored and sullen.
  • Suddenly your crotchety neighbor starts up his roaring snowblower, shattering your peace.
  • Her complex, crotchety inventions surprise us, but one senses they surprise her too.
British Dictionary definitions for crotchety

crotchety

/ˈkrɒtʃɪtɪ/
adjective
1.
(informal) cross; irritable; contrary
2.
full of crotchets
Derived Forms
crotchetiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for crotchety
adj.

1825, from crotchet "whim or fancy" + -y (2). But the sense evolution is obscure.

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