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curmudgeon

[ker-muhj-uh n] /kərˈmʌdʒ ən/
noun
1.
a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; unexplained; perhaps cur- representing cur
Related forms
curmudgeonly, adjective
Synonyms
grouch, crank, bear, sourpuss, crosspatch.
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Examples 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

curmudgeon

/kɜːˈmʌdʒən/
noun
1.
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
curmudgeon
1577, of unknown origin; Johnson's suggestion that it is from Fr. coeur mechant "evil heart" is no longer taken seriously; the first syllable may be cur "dog."
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