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crotchety Syllabification: crotch·et·y
Pronunciation: /ˈkräCHədē/

Definition of crotchety in English:


Irritable: he was tired and crotchety
More example sentences
  • Papa has always been a crotchety, grouchy, grumpy yet extremely lovable old coot.
  • Call me a crotchety curmudgeon, but I started on this book with two mental blocks.
  • Now, at almost 60, she has grown into a crotchety, cantankerous old woman who, nonetheless, has a deeply sensitive underside and a great affection for the children she minds.


Example sentences
  • It's about orneriness and crotchetiness and the petty conservativism of people who regard themselves as guardians of some sort of literary establishment but haven't really got a very good eye for syntactic generalizations.
  • After all, one has a well-honed reputation for crotchetiness and the other is a bit eccentric.
  • He may be younger than these men, but he has the gait and crotchetiness of someone older.


Early 19th century: from of crotchet + -y1.

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