curmudgeon

[ ker-muhj-uhn ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

Late 16th century

unknown origin

Synonyms

  • bellyacher
  • crab
  • crank
  • crosspatch
  • faultfinder
  • growler
  • grumbler
  • grump
  • killjoy
  • moaner
  • sorehead
  • whiner

Antonyms

  • trump
  • good fellow
  • delight

Definition

a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person

Example

A) In the school play, I had to act like a cranky old curmudgeon who was constantly yelling at kids. B) That woman is so kind, she makes me look like a curmudgeon!

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