Definition of curmudgeon in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəːˈmʌdʒ(ə)n/


A bad-tempered or surly person.
Example sentences
  • Only the worst curmudgeon could dislike this site.
  • I haven't finished the book yet (she is fifteen) but my overall impression is of a changeable curmudgeon but not a monster.
  • He is a bit of a curmudgeon who changes his mind all the time, but he is still likable.
bad-tempered person;
North American  crank
informal crosspatch, sourpuss, old trout
British informal a bear with a sore head
North American informal kvetch, sorehead



Example sentences
  • Now there's a lot to be said for this genre - but apparently curmudgeonliness ain't what it used to be (now when I was a kid, we had real curmudgeons).
  • Some 1,800 of his sayings are collected here, most of them expressive of his wit and erudition and not a few of them demonstrating a degree of misanthropy or at least curmudgeonliness.
  • This campaign, incidentally, is being seriously impeded not just by my own curmudgeonliness, but more by the lack of a mate to drag along.


Pronunciation: /kəˈmʌdʒ(ə)nli/
Example sentences
  • This attempt at self-denial lasted approximately one minute, after which I gave up and found myself agreeing with all the bad-tempered, curmudgeonly opinions being aired.
  • If, as is usually the case, the very worst doesn't happen, you still avoid censure since who's going to be curmudgeonly enough to complain about nice weather?
  • Suddenly older men are being portrayed not as grumpy, curmudgeonly old codgers, but as smart, resourceful and virile.


Late 16th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with curmudgeon

bludgeon, dudgeon, gudgeon, trudgen

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Line breaks: cur|mudg¦eon

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