2. The quality of being crusty or surly.
Old Christy forgot his usual crustiness.
1. Having the nature of crust; pertaining to a hard covering; as, a crusty coat; a crusty surface or substance.
2. [Possibly a corruption of cursty. Cf. Curst, Curstness.] Having a hard exterior, or a short, rough
manner, though kind at heart; snappish; peevish; surly.
Thou crusty batch of nature, what's the news?
(Crut) n. [Cf. F. croûte crust.] The rough, shaggy part of oak bark.
(Crutch) n.; pl. Crutches [OE. crucche, AS. crycc, cricc; akin to D. kruk, G. krücke, Dan.
krykke, Sw. krycka, and to E. crook. See Crook, and cf. Cricket a low stool.]
1. A staff with a crosspiece at the head, to be placed under the arm or shoulder, to support the lame or
infirm in walking.
I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with the other.
Rhyme is a crutch that lifts the weak alone.
2. A form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a forked rest to hold the leg of the rider.
3. (Naut.) (a) A knee, or piece of knee timber. (b) A forked stanchion or post; a crotch. See Crotch.
(Crutch), v. t. To support on crutches; to prop up. [R.]
Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse.
1. Supported upon crutches.
2. [See Crouch, v. t., and Crouched, a. ] Marked with the sign of the cross; crouched.
Crutched friar (Eccl.), one of a religious order, so called because its members bore the sign of the
cross on their staves and habits; called also crossed friar and crouched friar.
(Cruth) n. [W. crwth.] (Mus.) See 4th Crowd.
(||Crux) n.; pl. E. Cruxes L. Cruces [L., cross, torture, trouble.] Anything that is very puzzling
or difficult to explain. Dr. Sheridan.
The perpetual crux of New Testament chronologists.
(||Cru*za"do) n. A coin. See Crusado.
(||Crwth) n. [W.] (Mus.) See 4th Crowd.
(Cry) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cried (krid); p. pr. & vb. n. Crying.] [F. crier, cf. L. quiritare to raise a
plaintive cry, scream, shriek, perh. fr. queri to complain; cf. Skr. cvas to pant, hiss, sigh. Cf. Quarrel
a brawl, Querulous.]