Monday, May 30, 2011


Definition: (from
1. a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person

"My principal is such a curmudgeon; I'm pretty sure he's jealous of our full heads of hair."
"Without proper caffeine intake in the morning, many adults turn into curmudgeons."

Origin: (from
"1570s, of unknown origin; the suggestion, based on a misreading of a garbled note from Johnson, that it is from French coeur mechant 'evil heart' is not taken seriously; the first syllable may be cur 'dog.'"

Awkwardness rating: 4

Don't talk to me before I've had my coffee. (

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