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Ill-humored   /ɪl-hjˈumərd/   Listen

Brusque and surly and forbidding.  Synonyms: crusty, curmudgeonly, gruff, ill-humoured.  "A crusty old man" , "His curmudgeonly temper" , "Gruff manner" , "A gruff reply"

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"Ill-humored" Quotes from Famous Books

... and that in any profession or vocation, other things being equal, the worker who is cheerful and optimistic will perform his labor much more efficiently at the expense of considerably less mental and bodily energy than he who is ill-humored, worried, fretful, and unable to take a joke. But the foreman who possesses this quality of cheerfulness and humor is doubly fortunate, for he not only secures the beneficial results in his own case, but ...
— Essentials in Conducting • Karl Wilson Gehrkens

... weeks the stalls were empty; and even the sheep and pigs, which had been turned out to graze in the meadow, shared the same fate. The miller stormed and raved, and accused his servants of neglect, and was so ill-humored that his wife and son dared not say a word to him. He set out for the city to find the old miller, to complain to him of his losses. The good old man told him at once that he must have forgotten the warning he gave him at parting, ...
— The Pearl Story Book - A Collection of Tales, Original and Selected • Mrs. Colman

... the doorway and been witness to the scene, and moreover, having been reproved by her aunt for something or other that morning, she felt ill-humored, and very ready to find fault ...
— Gypsy's Cousin Joy • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

... was I ever born? I had no companions. My stepmother looked down upon the dangerous habit of allowing children to cultivate juvenile friendships indiscriminately, and I was not sufficient unto myself for distractions that would keep me quietly out of the way. What good was I? I was always ill-humored, vexing my step-mother and making baby cry. It was plain to see that I was one too many in the world, and whatever I did with myself I would be surely trespassing upon somebody's privilege, outraging somebody's patience, and making myself a nuisance generally. If there was a better ...
— The Doctor's Daughter • "Vera"

Words linked to "Ill-humored" :   crusty, gruff, ill-natured

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