Definition of crabby in English:



  • Irritable.

    • ‘Certainly he irritates her and she is consistently stressed and crabby around him, resenting her wifely role.’
    • ‘He was getting fractious and crabby while I was getting panicky.’
    • ‘I also feel vaguely crabby and irritable right now, and I'm not sure why.’
    • ‘And I'm sorry, I am just tired and crabby right now.’
    • ‘I'm discouraged, I'm tired, I'm crabby, I'm sad, I'm ridiculously disappointed in myself, and I'm scared.’
    • ‘My wife is irritable and my daughter is a little crabby about the whole thing, but they understand what I'm doing.’
    • ‘She was often kind of crabby and irritable overseas when she had to travel with him.’
    • ‘The princess was hungry, crabby and miserable.’
    • ‘Maybe that's why I am feeling so crabby this morning.’
    • ‘Mae was surprised to see her, but welcoming in her crabby, grandmotherly sort of way all the same.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I would be a very crabby person without my comfort latte.’
    • ‘He slammed his fist into the car door, leaving a huge dint that even our old crabby neighbor could see a mile away.’
    • ‘I've become more grumpy, bitter, disillusioned, and crabby with each advancing birthday.’
    • ‘I'm not a perfect mother: I'm crabby and impatient, and I shout a lot.’
    • ‘Honey, look there's that crabby lady on the corner.’
    • ‘Then I had to deal with a crabby two year old who went berserk because I took his coat off.’
    • ‘One of the things we had to learn to deal with were crabby, irritable, and imperfect clients.’
    • ‘Mary Ellen Flynn is a crabby, old primary teacher about to begin her first position in London.’
    • ‘Isn't it amazing how crabby some sisters can get in their old age?’
    • ‘No matter how crabby they get, kids always insist it's nothing sleeping will solve.’
    irritable, fractious, fretful, cross, petulant, pettish, crabbed, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, miserable, morose, peppery, on edge, edgy, impatient, complaining, querulous
    bitter, moody, in a bad mood, grumpy, huffy, scratchy, out of sorts, out of temper, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish, sullen, surly, sulky, sour, churlish, touchy, testy, tetchy, snappish, waspish, prickly, crusty, bilious, liverish, dyspeptic, splenetic, choleric
    snappy, chippy, grouchy, cranky, whingeing, whingy
    narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore head
    sorehead, soreheaded, peckish
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