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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English crabbed; equivalent to crab +‎ -ed.

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crabbed (comparative more crabbed, superlative most crabbed)

  1. Bad-tempered or cantankerous.
    • 1610-11(?) Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 3, Scene 1:
      O, she is/ Ten times more gentle than her father's crabb'd,/ And he is composed of harshness.
  2. Cramped, bent.
    • 1800(?) Robert Southey, Winter
      A wrinkled crabbed man they picture thee,
      Old Winter, with a rugged beard as grey
      As the long moss upon the apple-tree;
  3. (of handwriting) Crowded together and difficult to read.

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crabbed

  1. simple past tense and past participle of crab

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EtymologyEdit

From crabbe +‎ -ed.

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crabbed

  1. immoral, backwards, savage, rapacious
  2. crabbed, ill-tempered, vengeful
  3. (rare) Moving in reverse.

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