- given to odd notions, whims, grouchiness, etc.
- of the nature of a crotchet.
Origin of crotchety
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1. fussy, eccentric, grouchy.
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Examples from the Web for crotchety
Rand's dad was a crotchety old crank who was never going to win the nomination, but Rand of course actually could.The John Wilkes Booth Wing of the Republican Party
July 9, 2013
Are five crotchety conservative men likely to decide to acquiesce to this change, or fight it?The Supreme Court’s Anti-Rainbow Warriors
March 26, 2013
I could have written this article from The New Republic in one sentence: Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is a crotchety old man.Assume Chuck Grassley in TNR
November 16, 2012
Oh, he's old and lame, I suppose, and has a crotchety temper.For the Sake of the School
And I've no doubt you think me simply a disagreeable, crotchety old person.Torchy, Private Sec.
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
The ill-natured, crotchety, old—the fact is, he is a misogynist.A Simpleton
- informal cross; irritable; contrary
- full of crotchets
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Word Origin and History for crotchety
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