a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.

1570–80; unexplained; perhaps cur- representing cur

curmudgeonly, adjective

grouch, crank, bear, sourpuss, crosspatch. Unabridged
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curmudgeon (kɜːˈmʌdʒən)
a surly or miserly person
[C16: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
He isn't curmudgeonly about all the attention, by any means, but he is clearly
  more comfortable out of the limelight.
The praise of more curmudgeonly fellows should not be overlooked.
But the victims are not limited to curmudgeonly right-wingers.
Teach into your sixties and you develop, whether you deserve it or not, a
  curmudgeonly reputation.
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