1. Characterized by or manifesting, sourness, peevishness, or moroseness; harsh; cross; cynical; — applied to feelings, disposition, or manners.

Crabbed age and youth can not live together.

2. Characterized by harshness or roughness; unpleasant; — applied to things; as, a crabbed taste.

3. Obscure; difficult; perplexing; trying; as, a crabbed author. "Crabbed eloquence." Chaucer.

How charming is divine philosophy!
Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose.

4. Cramped; irregular; as, crabbed handwriting.

Crab"bed*ly, adv.Crab"bed*ness, n.

(Crab"ber) n. One who catches crabs.

(Crab"bing), n.

1. The act or art of catching crabs.

2. (Falconry) The fighting of hawks with each other.

3. (Woolen Manuf.) A process of scouring cloth between rolls in a machine.

(Crab"bish) a. Somewhat sour or cross.

The whips of the most crabbish Satyristes.

(Crab"by) a. Crabbed; difficult, or perplexing. "Persius is crabby, because ancient." Marston.

(Crab"eat`er) n. (Zoöl.) (a) The cobia. (b) An etheostomoid fish of the southern United States (Hadropterus nigrofasciatus). (c) A small European heron (Ardea minuta, and other allied species).

(Cra"ber) n. (Zoöl.) The water rat. Walton.

(Crab"faced`) a. Having a sour, disagreeable countenance. Beau. & Fl.

(Crab"si`dle) v. i. To move sidewise, as a crab. [Jocular]. Southey.

(Crab"stick`) n. A stick, cane, or cudgel, made of the wood of the crab tree.

Crab tree
(Crab" tree) See under Crab.

(Crab"-yaws`) n. (Med.) A disease in the West Indies. It is a kind of ulcer on the soles of the feet, with very hard edges. See Yaws. Dunglison.

(Crache) v. To scratch. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Crack) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cracked (krakt); p. pr. & vb. n. Cracking.] [OE. cracken, craken, to crack, break, boast, AS. cracian, cearcian, to crack; akin to D. kraken, G. krachen; cf. Skr. garj to rattle, or perh. of imitative origin. Cf. Crake, Cracknel, Creak.]

1. To break or burst, with or without entire separation of the parts; as, to crack glass; to crack nuts.

  By PanEris using Melati.

Previous chapter/page Back Home Email this Search Discuss Bookmark Next chapter/page
Copyright: All texts on Bibliomania are © Bibliomania.com Ltd, and may not be reproduced in any form without our written permission. See our FAQ for more details.