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[kroch-i-tee] /ˈkrɒtʃ ɪ ti/
given to odd notions, whims, grouchiness, etc.
of the nature of a crotchet.
Origin of crotchety
First recorded in 1815-25; crotchet + -y1
Related forms
crotchetiness, noun
1. fussy, eccentric, grouchy. Unabridged
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  • Oh, he's old and lame, I suppose, and has a crotchety temper.

  • And I've no doubt you think me simply a disagreeable, crotchety old person.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Like all radicals and reformers they had a fringe of unbalanced and crotchety folk.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • He was poor and crotchety, and as regards professional matters unsteady.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • The ill-natured, crotchety, old—the fact is, he is a misogynist.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • In the flesh he had been a crabbed and crotchety ancient addicted to drink.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • Unfortunately, many of these godly men were crotchety and unpractical.

British Dictionary definitions for crotchety


(informal) cross; irritable; contrary
full of crotchets
Derived Forms
crotchetiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for crotchety

1825, from crotchet "whim or fancy" + -y (2). But the sense evolution is obscure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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