Curmudgeon definition

kər-mŭjən
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An ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions.
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A surly, ill-mannered, bad-tempered person; cantankerous fellow.
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The definition of a curmudgeon is a cranky, ill tempered individual.

An example of a curmudgeon is a person who is always angry and never socializes with others.

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An ill-tempered (frequently old) person full of stubborn ideas or opinions.

There's a cranky curmudgeon working at the hospital who gives all the patients and other doctors flak.

John Doe's old age and stubborn aversion to new ideas make him a curmudgeon of a candidate.

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(archaic) A miser.
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Noun

Singular:
curmudgeon
Plural:
curmudgeons

Origin of curmudgeon

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • An alternative spelling attested in 1600 is cornmudgin, in Holland's translation of Livy, rendering frumentarius "corn-merchant". This has been suggested as the original form of the word, but English Dictionary OED notes that curmudgeon is attested some years before this, concluding that cornmudgin was merely a nonce-word by Holland.

    From Wiktionary

  • The word is attested from the late 1500s in the forms curmudgeon and curmudgen, and during the 17th century in numerous spelling variants, including cormogeon, cormogion, cormoggian, cormudgeon, curmudgion, curmuggion, curmudgin, curr-mudgin, curre-megient.

    From Wiktionary

  • Numerous folk etymologies exist for this word.

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