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  • 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.
W. Irving.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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