crotchety

[ kroch-i-tee ]
/ ˈkrɒtʃ ɪ ti /

adjective

given to odd notions, whims, grouchiness, etc.
of the nature of a crotchet.

Origin of crotchety

First recorded in 1815–25; crotchet + -y1
Related formscrotch·et·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for crotchety

crotchety

/ (ˈkrɒtʃɪtɪ) /

adjective

informal cross; irritable; contrary
full of crotchets
Derived Formscrotchetiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for crotchety

crotchety


adj.

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

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