- a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
Origin of curmudgeon
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Related Words for curmudgeonlyfrugal, miserly, thrifty, greedy, selfish, boorish, dour, sullen, rude, testy, ugly, morose, irritable, grouchy, grumpy, crusty, ornery, cantankerous, efficient, cost-effective
Examples from the Web for curmudgeonly
Contemporary Examples of curmudgeonly
James Caan should be able to play a curmudgeonly drunk grandpa in his sleep and still get laughs.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows
Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon
July 16, 2013
Sarah and Mark are happily engaged, and Sarah stumbles onto a job working for a curmudgeonly photographer (Ray Romano).‘Homeland,’ ‘Revenge,’ ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and More: Where We Left Off
Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez
September 10, 2012
Curmudgeonly comedian Gilbert Gottfried has a voice and laugh as damaging as fingernails on a blackboard.9 Most Annoying Celebrity Laughers
October 28, 2011
James Watson, of the Nobel Prize-winning team that discovered the structure of DNA, played up his curmudgeonly persona to the max.World Science Festival: Can We Really Live to 1,000?
June 5, 2011
Or to put the question more directly: When will the curmudgeonly American music labels let it happen?The iTunes Killer Heads to the U.S.
March 17, 2010
- a surly or miserly person
Word Origin 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.