Definition of crabbed adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    crabbed

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈkræbɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkræbɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//kræbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kræbd//
     
     
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  1. 1(literary) (of somebody’s writing) small and difficult to read
  2. 2(old-fashioned) = crabby
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘perverse, wayward’): from crab, because of the crab's sideways gait and habit of snapping.
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