One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was one of those crotchety old people who give ageing a bad name’
bad-tempered, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish, cross, as cross as two sticks, irritable, irascible, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, touchy, testy, prickly, peppery, fractious, crusty, moody, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, crabbed, crabby, waspish, shrewish, grumpy, grouchy, disagreeable, churlish, surly, awkward, difficult, uncooperative, contrary, perverse, argumentative, quarrelsome
in a mood, in a bad mood, out of sorts, out of temper
informal snappish, snappy, chippy, on a short fuse
British informal shirty, stroppy, narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore head
North American informal cranky, ornery, peckish, soreheaded
NZ Australian informal snaky
dated, informal waxy, miffy
rare iracund, iracundulous
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