curmudgeon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n curmudgeon a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Curmudgeon An avaricious, grasping fellow; a miser; a niggard; a churl. "A gray-headed curmudgeon of a negro."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n curmudgeon An avaricious, churlish fellow; a miser; a niggard; a churl.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Curmudgeon kur-muj′un an avaricious, ill-natured fellow: a miser
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cornmudgin, where -mudgin, is prob. from OF. muchier, mucier, F. musser, to hide; of uncertain origin; cf. OE. muchares, skulking thieves, E. miche, micher,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Earlier corn-mudgin; mudge, mooch; M. E. muchen—O. Fr. mucier, to hide.

Usage

In literature:

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" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Did he say at all how the old curmudgeon was?
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
George Hotspur sent the man his money, not without many curses on the illiberality of such a curmudgeon.
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
Then these curmudgeons raced hot-foot from Cambridge to pull down my flag.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
The chosen instrument of the wicked enchanter, Curmudgeon.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 1 January 1848" by Various
I mean that old curmudgeon who goes hobbling along there, like a man of forty.
"The Politician Out-Witted" by Samuel Low
The miserly old curmudgeon!
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
Funny old curmudgeon, isn't Nathan?
"A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays" by Amy E. Blanchard
You know what a wooden-hearted curmudgeon I am about contemporary verse.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Let's die, rather than yield ourselves prisoners to such a queer old curmudgeon!
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
What did the old curmudgeon say?
"A Prince of Good Fellows" by Robert Barr
It means that her husband is no stingy, unappreciative curmudgeon and that all is well with her.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
Then he mentally damned himself for a suspicious and most ill-conditioned curmudgeon, an official prig.
"The White Hand and the Black" by Bertram Mitford
He is an obstinate old curmudgeon, as rich as a jewel and as hard.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
Rich old bachelors might with propriety be called curmudgeons.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
From dawn till late you are compelled to toil for the curmudgeon, Sundays not excepted.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
Why, you old curmudgeon!
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 5 of 6" by Eugène Sue
The old curmudgeon, Pierre Koustak, would give me away.
"A Blot on the Scutcheon" by May Wynne
Otherwise, Eli had peace of soul, since that irritable old curmudgeon had surprised him into getting well.
"Edith and John" by Franklin S. Farquhar
She was too happy to think that other people might consider Uncle Pinker a mean old curmudgeon.
"Narcissa, or the Road to Rome" by Laura E. Richards
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In poetry:

There’s your pickle-faced curmudgeon
With reproach each woman stings,
And the disappointed spinster
Says all men are ugly things.
"Fools" by Joseph Warren Watson

In news:

As I have noted in the past, I am something of a curmud­geon concerning the democ­ratizing effects of the internet.
THE BARNES FOUNDATION, that grand old curmudgeonly lion of a museum, has been turned into what may be the world's most elegant petting zoo.
With Thanksgiving just a turkey trot away, I recently found myself feeling a bit curmudgeonly.
Curmudgeonly live music fans often reject DJs because of their lackluster performances.
Republican Politicians Call Biden 'Curmudgeon,' ' Unhinged ,' and 'Drunk'.
Moonrise Kingdom is so charming, so quaintly and perfectly designed, like a pretty diorama in which Wes Anderson carefully places his actor-dolls, that it feels curmudgeonly to dislike it.
Twitter Rises Up, Proves Curmudgeonly Author's Point About Twitter.
Breeding ground of a curmudgeon.
Curmudgeonly crooner Morrissey mastered the art of melodic melancholy ages ago — right around the time of the Smiths' 1986 classic The Queen Is Dead, to be exact.
Frank Langella is masterful as a lonely curmudgeon who rediscovers his purpose in life with some high-tech help.
Scrooge Puppet Theatre returns to NorthPark Center with puppeteer John Hardman as the incorrigible curmudgeon while Slappy's Holiday Circus brings its jolly jugglers and clowns to Galleria Dallas.
Curmudgeonly Commentator Andy Rooney Dies.
Famous curmudgeon died a month after retirement.
Whenever 4-foot children selling Halloween squash ring your doorbell, you're hamstrung into purchasing one, or risk being labeled the local curmudgeon.
Nick Saban says Alabama's Amari Cooper is 'ready to go,' asks for a definition of 'curmudgeonly'.
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