AskDefine | Define crotchety

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crotchety adj : having a difficult and contrary disposition; "a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers [syn: cantankerous, ornery]

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From crotchet + -y, using crotchet in the 16th century sense of a whim or a fancy


  • a US /ˈkɹɑtʃ.ə.ti/


  1. cranky, disagreeable, or stubborn
  2. prone to whims or fancies

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