Quirky or eccentric; having peculiar habits or manners


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Part of speech



peculiar, odd, eccentric, quirky, idiosyncratic


normal, conventional, typical

Example sentences

  • The crotchety old man was known for his unusual and sometimes bizarre behavior.
  • She had a crotchety personality that made her stand out from others.
  • The crotchety cat refused to use the litter box and preferred to use the floor instead.


The word “crotchety” is used to describe someone who is quirky or eccentric, and is often used to suggest peculiar habits or manners. It implies that a person is not typical or conventional, and may have an unusual approach to life. The word is often used in a lighthearted or humorous context, and may not be intended to be taken seriously. A person who is described as “crotchety” may be seen as being charmingly odd or endearingly quirky, and is not necessarily viewed as being a problem. In some contexts, the term may be used more broadly to describe anything that is quirky or eccentric