Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capriciously stubborn or eccentric; perverse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Cranky, disagreeable, or stubborn, especially if prone to odd whims or fancies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given to crotchets; subject to whims.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by odd fancies or crotchets; fantastic or eccentric in thought; whimsical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a difficult and contrary disposition

Etymologies

From crotchet + -y, using crotchet in the 16th century sense of a whim or a fancy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's what I call a crotchety conscience -- always in the way of your doing anything like anybody else.

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  • Yeah, the clothes alone would put the crotch in crotchety.

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  • Most recently, Boyle was known as the crotchety father on the television comedy series Everybody loves Raymond.

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  • But the actor, best known as crotchety one-legged pensioner Winston from Still Game, is delighted to have come through the eventful season with what he believes is a fantastic second series of his hit sitcom.

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  • He sure isn't doing anything to help erase that "crotchety" image, huh.

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  • Best known as the crotchety, chainsaw-voiced bailiff Selma Hacker on television’s Night Court from 1984 to 1985, Diamond embodied in her writing and her comedy routines the quintessential cynical, jaded character.

    Selma Diamond.

  • I mean come on, "crotchety" ... seems like someone has Clint Eastwood's crotch on their mind, so don't write a crappy review because he won't give you any!

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  • Second, if you want to see "crotchety", try looking it up in the dictionary and you will find a full length picture of John McCain.

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  • Given that you admit you are old, I would diagnose you as "crotchety".

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  • Dass es Erd 'und Himmel hören' &c.] 'If, therefore, a certain otherwise accredited Witness calls him a kind of crotchety, fantastic person, mostly brooding over strange thoughts and enterprises, this can only have meant that Caspar

    The Life of Friedrich Schiller Comprehending an Examination of His Works

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