Tuesday, 12th February 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Noun )
Pronunciation : kur-mújj-en
1. Somebody considered to be bad-tempered, disagreeable, or stubborn
2. Somebody who is irritable or stubborn
3. An ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions
1577, of unknown origin - Johnson's suggestion that it is from Fr. coeur mechant evil heart is no longer taken seriously - the first syllable may be cur meaning dog
bear, bellyacher, bug, complainer, crab, crank, crosspatch, curmudgeon, faultfinder, griper, grouser, growler, grumbler, grump, kicker, lemon puss, malcontent, moaner, sorehead, sourpuss, whiner
complimenter, philanthropist, spendthrift,
No churlish old curmudgeon could have been the owner of that grove of bread-fruit trees, or of these gloriously yellow bunches of bananas.
The Prince must be a very stingy curmudgeon, to be sure, when his own dinner was over, he would not bid them welcome to the broken victuals from the table.
curmudgeonly : Adjective
curmudgeonry : Noun
Common Misspellings of Curmudgeon:
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