Bad-tempered or grumpy; surly


US English

UK English

Part of speech



grumpy, surly, sour, ill-tempered


cheerful, friendly, happy

Example sentences

  • The curmudgeonly old man was known for his grumpiness and short temper.
  • She had a curmudgeonly demeanor that made her unpleasant to be around.
  • The curmudgeonly cat refused to be petted and preferred to be left alone.


The word “curmudgeonly” is used to describe someone who is bad-tempered or grumpy, and is often used to suggest surliness. It implies that a person is easily annoyed or dissatisfied, and may be quick to express their complaints. 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 “curmudgeonly” may be seen as being charmingly grumpy or endearingly sour, and is not necessarily viewed as being a problem. In some contexts, the term may be used more broadly to describe anyone who is easily annoyed or dissatisfied