1. Characterized by or manifesting, sourness, peevishness, or moroseness; harsh; cross; cynical; -- applied to feelings, disposition, or manners.
Crabbed age and youth can not live together. --Shak.
2. Characterized by harshness or roughness; unpleasant; -- applied to things; as, a crabbed taste.
3. Obscure; difficult; perplexing; trying; as, a crabbed author. “Crabbed eloquence.”
How charming is divine philosophy!
Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose. --Milton.
4. Cramped; irregular; as, crabbed handwriting.
-- Crab*bed*ly, adv. -- Crab*bed*ness, n.
adj : perversely irritable [syn: crabby, cross, fussy, grouchy,
grumpy, bad-tempered, ill-tempered]
n 1: decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened
carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax
2: a quarrelsome grouch [syn: crabby person]
3: (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer
4: the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from
about June 21 to July 22 [syn: Cancer, Cancer the Crab]
5: the edible flesh of any of various crabs [syn: crabmeat]
6: infests the pubic region of the human body [syn: crab louse,
pubic louse, Phthirius pubis]
7: a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too
deeply; "he caught a crab and lost the race"
v 1: direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
2: scurry sideways like a crab
3: fish for crab
4: complain; "What was he hollering about?" [syn: gripe, grouse,
beef, squawk, bellyache, holler]
[also: crabbing, crabbed]