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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 22nd April 2019
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curmudgeon (noun) KUR-Mud-JUN

Miser, mean-spirited person.

For about the hundredth time, I cursed whatever kleptomaniac curmudgeon had walked off the train with my bag.

Iain Banks, The Crow Road. Amazon

Such is the power of tradition and virtue of a festival, and such the instinctive brotherliness of men, that on this day the mere sight of an acquaintance will soften the voice and warm the heart of the most superior sceptic and curmudgeon that the age of disillusion has produced.

Arnold Bennett, The Feast of St Friend. Amazon

The Vicar himself seemed to wear rather a changed aspect, as most men do when acquaintances made elsewhere see them for the first time in their own homes; some indeed showing like an actor of genial parts disadvantageously cast for the curmudgeon in a new piece.

George Eliot, Middlemarch. Amazon

My hon. Friend the Member for Lancaster and Wyre paints himself as a curmudgeon. I would not describe him as such, although he can sometimes be a bit of a miserable old beggar.

Dr Ladyman, Hansard, 20 October 2004. Hansard

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