V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a bad-tempered, disagreeable, or stubborn person

Synonyms: grouch, grump, crackpot, boor, jerk

Antonyms: sweetheart

Tips: The origin of curmudgeon is unknown; it is thought to suggest the sound of grumbling. Curmudgeon is a good word to use to describe someone who is cranky, selfish, and unwilling to try new things.

Usage Examples:

Professor Jones's assertion that words like "email" are incorrect English and should be eliminated from the language earned him a reputation as a curmudgeon. (grouch, crackpot)

John is a bit of a curmudgeon; he doesn't like to try new things, and when forced to, he complains. (grump)

The old curmudgeon yelled at children as they passed by his house. (grouch, jerk)

My grandmother was a curmudgeon when it came to learning new things and stubbornly remained set in her ways. (grump, grouch)

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