Nobody wanted to hand a plum invasion spot to some fat egghead from a snooty rag, he crabbed.
Come, don't be crabbed, Vernor; young people ought to enjoy themselves; recollect, we were young ourselves once!
I found he was a crabbed fellow, and was not disposed to oblige me.
When the boy's mother opened the paper, it was his own crabbed, uneven writing that met her eye.
That may be called a crabbed reason, for it goes backward like a crab.
One is in rather a crabbed handwriting, and dates from 1574.
Your mamma is up to her eyes in news and I am crabbed as usual.
"I shan't," said Tim, surly as crabbed age and incessant banter under a hot sun could make him.
But the crabbed, cruel uncle turns him away also, and bolts the door.
How it snaps every thing which approaches it, like some crabbed people in the world!
crustacean, Old English crabba, from a general Germanic root (cf. Dutch krab, Old High German krebiz, German Krabbe, Old Norse krabbi "crab"), related to Low German krabben, Dutch krabelen "to scratch, claw," from PIE root *gerbh- "to scratch, carve" (see carve). The constellation name is attested in English from c.1000; the Crab Nebula (1868), however, is in Taurus, and is so called for its shape. French crabe (13c.) is from Dutch.
"fruit of the wild apple tree," c.1300, crabbe, perhaps from Scandinavian scrab, of obscure origin (cf. Swedish krabbäpple). The combination of "bad-tempered, combative" and "sour" in the two nouns crab naturally yielded a verb meaning of "to vex, irritate" (c.1400), later "to complain irritably, find fault" (c.1500). The noun meaning "sour person" is from 1570s.