Meaning of “crabbed” in the English Dictionary

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"crabbed" in British English

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crabbedadjective

uk /kræbd/ /ˈkræb.ɪd/ us /kræbd/ /ˈkræb.ɪd/ old-fashioned

Examples from literature

  • Blunt, crabbed writing suggests obstinacy and a selfish love of power, without thought for the feelings of others. 
  • Grant I have mastered learning's crabbed text, Still there's the comment. 
  • Pray sit down, Mr. Newton—taking a chair as she spoke, while she read the small, crabbed, tremulous characters written on the page presented to her. 
  • The ink is faded and brown, and the writing is often crabbed and difficult to read. 
  • Then they were in the very middle of a crabbed pamphlet, in which Ivan's superior knowledge of German had been invaluable. 

(Definition of “crabbed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)