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Definition a bad-tempered person — typically an old man
  • a curmudgeon with a keen eye for hypocrisy
  • Luma has even become friendly with Emanuel Ransom, the town curmudgeon, bonding over their shared admiration of Hillary Clinton.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Make way! the Sieur Curmudgeon is marrying Mademoiselle Clutch-penny.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 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
  • 'I'm sure she's an old curmudgeon.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • The reporters assumed that Smith was just being curmudgeonly, but there was likely more to it than that.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Curmudgeons, sadists ....
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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?
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • Yes, some claimed Emile Zhukovsky was a curmudgeon and others called him abrupt.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • There were some old curmudgeons on the faculty—and some young fuddy-duddies, too—who objected to Owen's style; and I don't mean that they objected only to his outrageous capitalization.
    John Irving  --  A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • Dan Needham lived in Waterhouse Hall, so named for some deceased curmudgeon of a classicist, a Latin teacher named Amos Waterhouse, whose rendering of Christmas carols in Latin—I was sure—could not have been worse than the gloomy muddle made of them by Dan and Owen Meany.
    John Irving  --  A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • That I am the first cousin of Hester the Molester distinguishes me among my Bishop Strachan students, who are otherwise inclined to view me as fussy and curmudgeonly—a cranky, short-haired type in his corduroys and tweeds, eccentric only in his political tempers and in his nasty habit of tamping the bowl of his pipe with the stump of his amputated index finger.
    John Irving  --  A Prayer for Owen Meany

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