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crotchety (adj) bad-tempered; eccentric.
A crotchety person is irritable and sometimes behaves in an eccentric manner. They behave oddly on occasions. A crotchety person may have peculiar ideas too that others may find unacceptable, as they appear unusual.
- People avoid Smith's company or any argument with him because he is crotchety and so tends to be argumentative, bad-tempered, and peculiar in his opinions.
- Crotchety people with their unconventional ideas and so, impatient with conventional ideas, may have to wait for long before their ideas are accepted. This makes them necessarily bad-tempered.