1. [syn: crabbed, crabby, cross, fussy, grouchy, grumpy, bad-tempered, ill-tempered]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Crabbed \Crab"bed\ (kr?b"b?d), a. [See Crab,n.]
1. Characterized by or manifesting, sourness, peevishness, or
moroseness; harsh; cross; cynical; -- applied to feelings,
disposition, or manners.
Crabbed age and youth can not live together. --Shak.
2. Characterized by harshness or roughness; unpleasant; --
applied to things; as, a crabbed taste.
3. Obscure; difficult; perplexing; trying; as, a crabbed
author. "Crabbed eloquence." --Chaucer.
How charming is divine philosophy!
Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose.
4. Cramped; irregular; as, crabbed handwriting. --
Crab"bed*ly, adv. -- Crab"bed*ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: annoyed and irritable [syn: crabbed, crabby, cross,
fussy, grouchy, grumpy, bad-tempered, ill-
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
142 Moby Thesaurus words for "crabbed":
Byzantine, acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acescent, anile, balled up,
bearish, beyond one, bitchy, blunt, brusque, cankered,
cantankerous, choleric, churlish, complex, complicated, confounded,
confused, convoluted, crab, cramp, cranky, cross, cross-grained,
crusty, cussed, daedal, debilitated, decrepit, devious, difficult,
disagreeable, doddered, doddering, doddery, dour, dry, elaborate,
embrangled, entangled, excitable, feeble, feisty, fossilized,
fouled up, fractious, garbled, gerontal, gerontic, gloomy, glum,
green, gruff, hard, hard to understand, huffish, huffy, implicated,
infirm, intricate, involuted, involved, irascible, irritable,
jumbled, knotted, knotty, labyrinthian, labyrinthine, loused up,
many-faceted, matted, mazy, mean, meandering, messed up, mixed up,
morose, mossbacked, moth-eaten, mucked up, multifarious, mummylike,
obfuscated, obscure, obscured, ornery, overtechnical, palsied,
papery-skinned, perplexed, perverse, pickled, pungent, ramified,
ravaged with age, rickety, roundabout, run to seed, rusty,
saturnine, scrambled, screwed up, sec, senile, shaky, shriveled,
snappish, snarled, sour, sour as vinegar, soured, sourish,
spiteful, spleeny, splenetic, stricken in years, subtle, sulky,
surly, tangled, tangly, tart, tartish, testy, timeworn, tottering,
tottery, tough, twisted, ugly, unripe, unsweet, unsweetened,
vinegarish, vinegary, waspish, weak, withered, wizened