Definition of crotchety in English:

crotchety

adjective

  • Irritable.

    ‘he was tired and crotchety’
    • ‘The truth of the matter is, we just live by an increasingly crotchety woman who hates progress.’
    • ‘At the risk of sounding crotchety, I must point out at least one - the most common and persistent one - of these mistakes of loose thinking.’
    • ‘Instead, I felt sort of tense, crotchety and out of control most of the day.’
    • ‘The crotchety and the crooked have their vulnerabilities and kindnesses, and no-one is wholly good or bad.’
    • ‘If my feet are comfortable, then I don't get crotchety and start moaning.’
    • ‘Call me a crotchety curmudgeon, but I started on this book with two mental blocks.’
    • ‘I was raised by some pretty crotchety people who feel that moral responsibility starts with the individual first, society after.’
    • ‘I was feeling miserable and crotchety and on the point of collapse.’
    • ‘His trademark cold, monotone delivery and crotchety attitude has often been imitated but never matched.’
    • ‘Papa has always been a crotchety, grouchy, grumpy yet extremely lovable old coot.’
    • ‘Children will have to feel they can enjoy the activities, she says - and it would help if they could be given a snack, too, so they weren't too hungry and crotchety by the time their parents came to pick them up.’
    • ‘The three women are, respectively, crotchety old lady, hothead cynic, and frustrated, overachieving go-between.’
    • ‘Now, at almost 60, she has grown into a crotchety, cantankerous old woman who, nonetheless, has a deeply sensitive underside and a great affection for the children she minds.’
    • ‘Well, as I am getting older, I find that I'm getting - I don't know - more crotchety?’
    • ‘Amy has a lurcher, who I've looked after on occasion, and she takes my crotchety terrier.’
    • ‘Now, I'm supposed to be pithy in this column, full of cute and snide comments about my Midwestern family, how they don't get it, how they're getting old and crotchety.’
    • ‘In his early 40s, he was prematurely crotchety.’
    • ‘I find myself despairing and crotchety about aspects of modern life.’
    • ‘It's hard to stay crotchety about Christmas when my flatmates are all spirited.’
    • ‘He was crotchety and cantankerous, but he was always a familiar face to see on the scene.’
    irritable, irascible, tetchy, testy, grumpy, grouchy, in a mood, in a bad mood, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish, having got out of bed the wrong side, cross, as cross as two sticks
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Origin

Early 19th century: from of crotchet + -y.

Pronunciation:

crotchety

/ˈkräCHədē/