Definitions for crabbedˈkræb ɪd
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
difficult to read, as handwriting.
hard to understand; intricate and obscure.
Origin of crabbed:
1250–1300; ME; see crab1, -ed3
crabbed, crabby, cross, fussy, grouchy, grumpy, bad-tempered, ill-tempered(adj)
annoyed and irritable
Bad-tempered or cantankerous.
Crowded together and difficult to read.
characterized by or manifesting, sourness, peevishness, or moroseness; harsh; cross; cynical; -- applied to feelings, disposition, or manners
characterized by harshness or roughness; unpleasant; -- applied to things; as, a crabbed taste
obscure; difficult; perplexing; trying; as, a crabbed author
cramped; irregular; as, crabbed handwriting