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[ker-muhj-uh n] /kərˈmʌdʒ ən/
a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
Origin of curmudgeon
1570-80; unexplained; perhaps cur- representing cur
Related forms
curmudgeonly, adjective
grouch, crank, bear, sourpuss, crosspatch. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for curmudgeon
  • Certainly our gallery visitors don't want to get into a deep philosophical discussion with a cranky curmudgeon.
  • The problem, dear curmudgeon, is in ourselves and not in our stars.
  • He is apparently a curmudgeon who thinks everyone is intellectually beneath him.
  • When presented with the policy there is not a lot the old curmudgeon can do except follow it.
  • And, basically, he's this sad curmudgeon wizard who sells potions and scrolls to an online retailer.
  • But this, as has been noted, are the gripes of an adult curmudgeon.
  • Your gut instinct and inner curmudgeon might need a day or two off to relax, refresh, and come back ready to fight the good fight.
  • Chamberlain's reputation in camp is that of chief curmudgeon.
British Dictionary definitions for curmudgeon


a surly or miserly person
Derived Forms
curmudgeonly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for curmudgeon

1570s, of unknown origin; the suggestion, based on a misreading of a garbled note from Johnson, that it is from French coeur mechant "evil heart" is not taken seriously; the first syllable may be cur "dog." Liberman says the word "must have been borrowed from Gaelic (and references muigean "disagreeable person"), with variant spelling of intensive prefix ker-. Related: Curmudgeonly.

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