Definition of crabby in US English:



  • Irritable.

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