See crabbed.

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  • Crabbedly — Crabbed Crab bed (kr?b b?d), a. [See {Crab},n.] 1. Characterized by or manifesting, sourness, peevishness, or moroseness; harsh; cross; cynical; applied to feelings, disposition, or manners. [1913 Webster] Crabbed age and youth can not live… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crabbedly — adverb In a crabbed manner …   Wiktionary

  • crabbedly — crab·bed·ly …   English syllables

  • crabbedly — adverb Etymology: Middle English, from crabbed + ly : in a crabbed manner …   Useful english dictionary

  • crabbed — crabbedly, adv. crabbedness, n. /krab id/, adj. 1. grouchy; ill natured; irritable; churlish. 2. perverse; contrary; obstinate. 3. hard to understand; intricate and obscure. 4. difficult to read or decipher, as handwriting. [1250 1300; ME; see… …   Universalium

  • crabbedness — See crabbedly. * * * …   Universalium

  • perversely — Synonyms and related words: bearishly, cantankerously, churlishly, contrarily, contrariwise, crabbedly, crankily, crossly, crustily, fractiously, frowardly, huffily, ill humoredly, ill naturedly, irascibly, irritably, snappily, sourly, sulkily,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • crabbed — adjective 1》 (of writing) hard to read or understand. 2》 crabby. Derivatives crabbedly adverb crabbedness noun Origin ME: from crab1, because of the crab s sideways gait and habit of snapping …   English new terms dictionary

  • crabbed — /kræbd/ (say krabd) adjective 1. perplexing; intricate: a crabbed author; crabbed writings. 2. difficult to decipher, as cramped handwriting. 3. Obsolete perverse; contrary and irritable. {Middle English, from crab1 + ed3} –crabbedly /ˈkræbədli/… …   Australian English dictionary

  • crabbed — [krab′id] adj. [< CRAB1, infl. by CRAB2] 1. peevish; morose; cross 2. hard to understand because intricate or complicated 3. hard to read or make out because cramped or irregular [crabbed handwriting] crabbedly …   English World dictionary

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