The Closing Word: Crabbed

The Closing Word: CrabbedThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (crabd)

annoyed and irritable

From “The word crabbed originally meant “resembling a crab” and also takes part of its meaning from the sour-tasting crab apple. You can think of crabbed as describing what someone would be like if they were made into a crab. The word is used less often than its synonym crabby, but the meaning of crabbed is just as easy to understand: if you were covered in sand all day, you’d probably feel crabbed too!”

“He was one of those folks who didn’t enjoy the holidays much, and cut through the shopping crowds with a crabbed expression on his face.”


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