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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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British Dictionary definitions for curmudgeons

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 curmudgeons

curmudgeon

n.

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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