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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRABBED

But the crabbed, cruel uncle turns him away also, and bolts the door.

The times were harsh and crabbed, and the song they yielded was like unto themselves.

He's crabbed on the drink question; that's why he settled in Colorado Springs.

He studied the crabbed handwriting of its pages and often grew meditative over it.

That made me real happy; for I am not a crabbed old bachelor by any means.

"Don't be crabbed, my boy," said the other, who was very coolly fixing his flint.

Be pleasant, don't be cross and crabbed because someone else in the household is not pleasant.

He was a crabbed old fellow, and all the boys got to hate him.

No, I will play ‘Crabbed Age,’” she decided, “and youth shall sing it.

I am crabbed and prejudiced and critical, and I dislike irregularity.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., literally "resembling a crab," in reference to crookedness, from crab (n.1). Of taste "bitter, harsh," late 14c., from crab (n.2). Meaning "peevish" is attested from 1560s, in reference to a crab's combative disposition.

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