crotchety

[kroch-i-tee]
adjective
1.
given to odd notions, whims, grouchiness, etc.
2.
of the nature of a crotchet.

Origin:
1815–25; crotchet + -y1

crotchetiness, noun


1. fussy, eccentric, grouchy.
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crotchety (ˈkrɒtʃɪtɪ)
 
adj
1.  informal cross; irritable; contrary
2.  full of crotchets
 
'crotchetiness
 
n

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crotchety
1825, from crotchet (q.v.) "whim or fancy," but the sense evolution is obscure.
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Example sentences
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.
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