[ ker-muhj-uhn-lee ]
/ kərˈmʌdʒ ən li /
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like or characteristic of a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person:While one could point a curmudgeonly finger of blame at “these young kids today,” many older Americans haven't exactly been model citizens either.
in the manner of such a person:After several weak episodes the new season seems to be finally snapping into place—although I am, curmudgeonly, a little peeved that it took so long.
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Origin of curmudgeonly
Words nearby curmudgeonly
curly-coated retriever, curlyhead, curly palm, curly top, curmudgeon, curmudgeonly, curn, Curnow, curr, currach, currajong
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How to use curmudgeonly in a sentence
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Curmudgeonly comedian Gilbert Gottfried has a voice and laugh as damaging as fingernails on a blackboard.9 Most Annoying Celebrity Laughers|Jaimie Etkin|October 28, 2011|DAILY BEAST
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?|Casey Schwartz|June 5, 2011|DAILY BEAST
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.|Nicholas Ciarelli|March 17, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Positively your behavior appears rather curmudgeonly than heroic!Idolatry|Julian Hawthorne