Crabby, when applied to a person, means that they are grumpy, grouchy, bad-tempered, peevish, irritable, or complaining.

May come from the verb crab, meaning to complain, or perhaps it's the other way around.

Crab"by (-b?), a.

Crabbed; difficult, or perplexing.

"Persius is crabby, because ancient."

Marston.

 

© Webster 1913.

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