Meaning of “curmudgeon” in the English Dictionary

"curmudgeon" in English

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curmudgeonnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈmʌdʒ.ən/ us /kɚˈmʌdʒ.ən/ old-fashioned
curmudgeonly
adjective uk /kəˈmʌdʒ.ən.li/ us /kɚˈmʌdʒ.ən.li/

Examples from literature

  • Are you going to turn curmudgeon, too, like George and the rest of them? 
  • But he's a crusty old curmudgeon, and I never hanker much to have him around. 
  • I took the thing seriously, and I let every mean-fisted curmudgeon and crazy fanatic worry me, and keep me on pins and needles. 
  • She'll be glad to get away from that old curmudgeon for a week. 
  • What a selfish old curmudgeon he had been, always thinking of himself and his own likes and dislikes! 

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