American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An avaricious, churlish fellow; a miser; a niggard; a churl.
- n. archaic A miser.
- n. An ill-tempered (and frequently old) person full of stubborn ideas or opinions.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An avaricious, grasping fellow; a miser; a niggard; a churl.
- n. a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas
- While numerous folk etymologies surround this word, there is no widely accepted etymology. An alternative spelling attested in 1600 is cornmudgin, in Holland's translation of Livy, rendering frumentarius "corn-merchant". This has been suggested as the original form of the word, but OED notes that curmudgeon is attested some years before this, concluding that cornmudgin was merely a nonce-word by Holland. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Hawkowl, I would gladly accede to the label curmudgeon, but I'll never be a snarkling, and I don't do groveling.”
“Apparently I'm just a title curmudgeon this morning :”
“This image of Bloom as traditionalist curmudgeon is considerably at odds with the impression one might have gotten from his critical writings of the 1970s and 1980s, in which Bloom advances his own intricate (if ultimately rather private, even hermetic) theory of literary production and reception that does indeed focus on poetic greatness but hardly defends tradition for tradition's sake.”
“But the important thing for this jaded curmudgeon is that I am no longer an Art Show virgin.”
“Nowadays, curmudgeon is likely to refer to anyone who hates hypocrisy, cant, sham, dogmatic ideologies, the pretenses and evasions of euphemism, and has the nerve to point out unpleasant facts and takes the trouble to impale these sins on the skewer of humor and roast them over the fires of empiric fact, common sense, and native intelligence.”
“The chief and best-known one is the explanation of the word curmudgeon -- "from the French coeur, unknown, and mechant, a correspondent.”
“Whiteside, who gives new meaning to the word curmudgeon, takes over the living room and all sorts of celebrities show up to wish the famous man a joyful holiday.”
“Geri - not to detract from this overall thread - but please continue to post wherever you feel your comment needs to go - do not be deterred by one "curmudgeon" - I for one miss you posts. jerezano”
“As for chatty passenger/neighbors, my experience as professional grump and curmudgeon is never get started with such folks in the pro-flight phase because if you do, they don’t let up and they are led to believe that you actually want to talk and find them engaging — as if if they are doing you a favor by keeping you busy and informed about their life.”
“So I guess my take on love and the curmudgeon is the further out from my heart you are the nicer I am to you ... in fact if I am sickeningly sweet, you can assume I don't like you at all.”
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