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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRABBY

When the latter arrived he seemed in a crabby frame of mind.

Let us go downstairs after old Crabby is to bed and play some trick on him.

Crabby—old Crabby Tompkins, a trapper, is buried in the sand on the Frazer.

You know, you crabby dear, you wouldn't neglect an old dog or an old pony after it had served you.

There comes a time when a woman has to make up her mind to choose between being called a 'dear old soul' or a 'crabby old thing.'

Time was getting short, and it was no use wasting time on my crabby landlady.

Accordingly the Hermit exerted himself to please, and it would really have taken more than three crabby boys to resist him.

Persius is crabby, because ancient, and his jerks (being particularly given to private customs of his time) dusky.

I entertained myself with keeping her to the subject, and that made her crabby.

I woke disoriented and crabby, without my customary morning jolt of endorphin.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, in now-obsolete sense "crooked, gnarled, rough," from extended sense of crab (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "disagreeable, sour, peevish" is attested from 1776, American English. Both senses were found earlier in crabbed.

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