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It’s human nature to grumble about stuff that makes life easier, especially if you’re a crotchety cyclist.

In it, Shields plays a celebrated author who travels to Europe to purchase a castle and ends up meeting a romantic lead in the form of a crotchety Scotsman, played by “The Princess Bride” star Cary Elwes.

In “Flood Stories,” the site of return is a cramped cabin that a woman named Lottie shares with her somewhat crotchety mother, who’s always grousing that she’s too flighty or ungrateful.

These men are crotchety, opinioned creatures of habit, great characters in their own right, though their dogs steal the show, as dogs so often do.

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Rand's dad was a crotchety old crank who was never going to win the nomination, but Rand of course actually could.

Are five crotchety conservative men likely to decide to acquiesce to this change, or fight it?

I could have written this article from The New Republic in one sentence: Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is a crotchety old man.

It's a great example for the even crotchety right-wingers who live in counties like mine.

I took that jelly to a crotchety old patient of mine who is boarding, and reviles all the jelly his nurse buys for him.

Taking up a residence in the tangled shrubbery or thickety undergrowth, it immediately begins to scold like a crotchety old wren.

Neither do they dote madly on their crotchety uncles in the slippers and dressing-gowns of 78.

The most crotchety member of the intellectual community might find his own hobby in those stables.

The proportion of crotchety agitators among the population of foreign birth we believe to be actually less than among the natives.


On this page you'll find 55 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to crotchety, such as: cantankerous, crusty, grouchy, grumpy, ornery, and awkward.

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