from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A miser.
- n. An ill-tempered (and frequently old) person full of stubborn ideas or opinions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An avaricious, grasping fellow; a miser; a niggard; a churl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An avaricious, churlish fellow; a miser; a niggard; a churl.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
While numerous folk etymologies surround this word, there is no widely accepted etymology. An alternative spelling attested in 1600 is cornmudgin, in Holland's translation of Livy, rendering frumentarius "corn-merchant". This has been suggested as the original form of the word, but OED notes that curmudgeon is attested some years before this, concluding that cornmudgin was merely a nonce-word by Holland. (Wiktionary)