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curmudgeon

[ ker-muhj-uhn ]
/ kərˈmʌdʒ ən /
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noun
a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
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Origin of curmudgeon

First recorded in 1570–80; unexplained; perhaps cur-, representing cur

OTHER WORDS FROM curmudgeon

cur·mudg·eon·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for curmudgeon

curmudgeon
/ (kɜːˈmʌdʒən) /

noun
a surly or miserly person

Derived forms of curmudgeon

curmudgeonly, adjective

Word Origin for curmudgeon

C16: of unknown origin
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