[ krab-ee ]
/ ˈkræb i /
adjective, crab·bi·er, crab·bi·est.
Informal. grouchy; ill-natured; irritable; peevish.
irritability, acrimony, sullenness, tartness, sharpness, bitterness, roughness, difficulty, acerbity, irascibility, peevishness, meanness, sourness, moroseness, crossness
- crabbe, george,
Origin of crabby
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/ (ˈkræbɪ) /
adjective -bier or -biest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1520s, in now-obsolete sense "crooked, gnarled, rough," from extended sense of crab (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "disagreeable, sour, peevish" is attested from 1776, American English. Both senses were found earlier in crabbed.
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