In fifty years I would be seventy-four, an old curmudgeon with a hairless, toothless head; the geriatric remnant of the forties, whose blood had dried, whose youth had withered, whose dreams had died like the grasses and washed out on a spring tide.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
Luma has even become friendly with Emanuel Ransom, the town curmudgeon, bonding over their shared admiration of Hillary Clinton.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
It had a curmudgeonly fuel transfer valve that Pillsbury and Douglas had to finesse into place, lest it stick wide open, slow an engine, or trigger a deafening backfire.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
They were like curmudgeonly old friends who would never admit that they liked me yet came round to see me all the time.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
It also took me that long to understand what Jeb was up to, what the motivation was behind his switch from the courteous host to the curmudgeonly taskmaster.
Stephenie Meyer -- The Host
Kerry the atheist curmudgeon, who hated how commercialized Christmas had become and so threw an annual Merry Anti-Christmas Celebration at the club, where he held a contest for which band could play the most distorted versions of Christmas carols.
Gayle Forman -- If I Stay
The reporters assumed that Smith was just being curmudgeonly, but there was likely more to it than that.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Seabiscuit
No, I’ll buy the gayest gown I can get, and dance over the old curmudgeon’s grave in it.
Henry Fielding -- Tom Jones
’I’m sure she’s an old curmudgeon.
Agatha Christie -- Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
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I may carp about feeling cornered by Nathaniel, as is my right as a curmudgeonly columnist, but there’s nothing boring about the adventure I’m on.
Steve Lopez -- The Soloist
The Vicar himself seemed to wear rather a changed aspect, as most men do when acquaintances made elsewhere see them for the first time in their own homes; some indeed showing like an actor of genial parts disadvantageously cast for the curmudgeon in a new piece.
George Eliot -- Middlemarch
Make way! the Sieur Curmudgeon is marrying Mademoiselle Clutch-penny.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
"Curmudgeons, sadists …." Then he began the dismount of our short stay in Tomsk.
Tracy Kidder -- Mountains Beyond Mountains
Dr. Percepied, whose loud voice and bushy eyebrows enabled him to play to his heart’s content the part of ’double-dealer,’ a part to which he was not, otherwise, adapted, without in the least degree compromising his unassailable and quite unmerited reputation of being a kind-hearted old curmudgeon, could make the Cure and everyone else laugh until they cried by saying in a harsh voice: "What d’ye say to this, now?