Origin of curmudgeon
Examples from the Web for curmudgeon
Chris Messina did such great work this year making a curmudgeon charming on The Mindy Project.
In person, Messina is a bit like Danny, minus the curmudgeon qualities.Chris Messina Isn’t Just Dr. Castellano on ‘The Mindy Project’|Melissa Leon|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I don't think he is a curmudgeon, I think he just likes challenging climatic conditions.
By the time of my last visit, about a year ago, Maurice had become almost as famous for being a curmudgeon as he was as an artist.Maurice Sendak Is Remembered Fondly by Author and Filmmaker William Joyce|William Joyce|May 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Don't pass all the weary Winter with Curmudgeon, who will marry you to an old bag of gold.Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter|Lawrence L. Lynch
Curmudgeon, kur-muj′un, n. an avaricious, ill-natured fellow: a miser.
He only accepted the hospitality of Mr. Long lest he should be accused of being a curmudgeon if he refused.A Nest of Linnets|Frank Frankfort Moore
"Your father is a curmudgeon," declared the old woman, for the more she looked at Gabriel, the more she loved him.Jewel's Story Book|Clara Louise Burnham
Degas is amiability itself compared with this curmudgeon of genius.Unicorns|James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for curmudgeon
Word Origin for curmudgeon
Word Origin and History for curmudgeon
1570s, of unknown origin; the suggestion, based on a misreading of a garbled note from Johnson, that it is from French coeur mechant "evil heart" is not taken seriously; the first syllable may be cur "dog." Liberman says the word "must have been borrowed from Gaelic (and references muigean "disagreeable person"), with variant spelling of intensive prefix ker-. Related: Curmudgeonly.