crabbed crabbed  /ˈkræbd/


  1. (n) decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
  2. (n) a quarrelsome grouch
  3. (n) (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer
  4. (n) the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22
  5. (n) the edible flesh of any of various crabs
  6. (n) a louse that infests the pubic region of the human body
  7. (n) a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply
  8. (v) direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
  9. (v) scurry sideways like a crab
  10. (v) fish for crab
  11. (v) complain
  12. (adj) annoyed and irritable


  1. By Author Asch's device, the Roman and the Jew were reincarnated in modern Poland, the one a crabbed and Jew-hating scholar, the other a young Jewish translator.
  2. Discussing these matters on the golf course over the weekend, even crabbed gentlemen whose putting was way off were forced to admit that steel is still industry's best barometer.


  • Thomas shallow, childish

    Cal Thomas' Feb. 2 commentary, "Americans have figured out that Obama has led us astray," indicates he has become a crabbed incompetent commentator. Even a Fox News partisan should be able to do better than the following:
    on February 10, 2014     Source: Leader-Telegram


  1. "Crabbed age and youth cannot live together. Youth is full of pleasure, age full of care; youth like summer morn, age like winter weather; youth like summer brave, age like winter bare," wrote William Shakespeare, whose ageless fantasy "A...
    on Feb 3, 2010 By: William Shakespeare Source: Washington Observer Reporter

  2. "The Framers chose broad terms, a broad applicability, and they state a broad principle," Roberts said. "And that means when they've adopted principles, like liberty, that doesn't get a crabbed or narrow construction."
    on Sep 14, 2005 By: John Roberts Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. "The small-bore, crabbed and nearly meaningless reform plan they produced in the House after months of nothing but complaining about the Democrats just reinforces the notion that they are a Party of No," said Norm Ornstein, a fellow at the...
    on Nov 8, 2009 By: Norman Ornstein Source: TIME

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