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crabbed (adj) bad-tempered; irritable and unpleasant.

When a person is crabbed they behave in an unpleasant manner towards others. They are bad-tempered and are often impatient. When you are annoyed at whatever the others say and talk complainingly, you are crabbed. Crabbed people are difficult to get on with. You cannot have a good time with them. Usually old people are crabbed, as they don't have patience with the ways of the others, especially with the young.

  • Most people, especially children and the young, turn away from Smith because he is usually crabbed, and as a result very irritable and unpleasant to talk to.
  • Sally is never crabbed. Despite the pressure of heavy work she is under, she always puts on her sweetest of smiles and has a pleasant word for everyone she deals with.
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