What does the word curmudgeon mean?

Usage examples for curmudgeon

  1. Johnson, while composing his Dictionary, sent a note to the Gentleman's Magazine to inquire the etymology of the word curmudgeon. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Isaac D'Israeli
  2. Lastly would " that old curmudgeon at the Dovecot" let his little farm- boy go to church and school and choir? – Jackanapes, Daddy Darwin's Dovecot and Other Stories by Juliana Horatio Ewing