Definition of crabby in English:



  • Irritable.

    ‘a rather crabby old man’
    ‘he was crabby at having his siesta interrupted’
    • ‘I also feel vaguely crabby and irritable right now, and I'm not sure why.’
    • ‘My wife is irritable and my daughter is a little crabby about the whole thing, but they understand what I'm doing.’
    • ‘Maybe that's why I am feeling so crabby this morning.’
    • ‘I'm not a perfect mother: I'm crabby and impatient, and I shout a lot.’
    • ‘Mae was surprised to see her, but welcoming in her crabby, grandmotherly sort of way all the same.’
    • ‘Isn't it amazing how crabby some sisters can get in their old age?’
    • ‘He was getting fractious and crabby while I was getting panicky.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I would be a very crabby person without my comfort latte.’
    • ‘One of the things we had to learn to deal with were crabby, irritable, and imperfect clients.’
    • ‘Honey, look there's that crabby lady on the corner.’
    • ‘Certainly he irritates her and she is consistently stressed and crabby around him, resenting her wifely role.’
    • ‘And I'm sorry, I am just tired and crabby right now.’
    • ‘Then I had to deal with a crabby two year old who went berserk because I took his coat off.’
    • ‘He slammed his fist into the car door, leaving a huge dint that even our old crabby neighbor could see a mile away.’
    • ‘No matter how crabby they get, kids always insist it's nothing sleeping will solve.’
    • ‘I'm discouraged, I'm tired, I'm crabby, I'm sad, I'm ridiculously disappointed in myself, and I'm scared.’
    • ‘Mary Ellen Flynn is a crabby, old primary teacher about to begin her first position in London.’
    • ‘The princess was hungry, crabby and miserable.’
    • ‘I've become more grumpy, bitter, disillusioned, and crabby with each advancing birthday.’
    • ‘She was often kind of crabby and irritable overseas when she had to travel with him.’
    irritable, fractious, fretful, cross, petulant, pettish, crabbed, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, miserable, morose, peppery, on edge, edgy, impatient, complaining, querulous
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