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crabbed (See crab)
bed adj : perversely irritable [syn: crabby, cross, fussy, grouchy, grumpy, bad-tempered, ill-tempered]crab


1 decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
2 a quarrelsome grouch [syn: crabby person]
3 (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer [syn: Cancer]
4 the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22 [syn: Cancer, Cancer the Crab]
5 the edible flesh of any of various crabs [syn: crabmeat]
6 infests the pubic region of the human body [syn: crab louse, pubic louse, Phthirius pubis]
7 a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply; "he caught a crab and lost the race"


1 direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
2 scurry sideways like a crab
3 fish for crab
4 complain; "What was he hollering about?" [syn: gripe, grouse, beef, squawk, bellyache, holler] [also: crabbing, crabbed]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kræbd/
    Rhymes with: -æbd


  1. Bad-tempered or cantankerous.
  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. In the context of "of handwriting": Crowded together and difficult to read.

Derived terms


  1. past of crab

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