- An ill-tempered (and frequently old) person full of stubborn ideas or opinions.
There's an old curmudgeon living next door who knocks every time he hears any noise.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
CURMUDGEON. A covetous old fellow, derived, according
to some, from the French term coeur mechant.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Cur*mudg"eon (k?r-m?j"?n), n. [OE.
cornmudgin, where -mudgin is prob. from OF.
muchier, mucier, F. musser to hide; of
uncertain origin; cf. OE. muchares skulking thieves, E.
miche, micher.] An avaricious, grasping
fellow; a miser; a niggard; a churl.
A gray-headed curmudgeon of a negro.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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