Bad-tempered or cantankerous.
* 1800(?) Robert Southey, Winter
- A wrinkled crabbed man they picture thee,
- Old Winter, with a rugged beard as grey
(of handwriting) Crowded together and difficult to read.
- As the long moss upon the apple-tree;
Pertaining to or having a crust, as, for example, in the case of bread.
(figuratively, of a person or behavior) Short-tempered and gruff but, sometimes, with a harmless or benign inner nature; peevish, surly, harsh.
(chiefly, British) A tramp or homeless young person with poor cleanliness.
(slang) Dried eye mucus.
* 1999 , Vinnie Hansen, Murder, Honey , Xlibris Corporation, ISBN 0-7388-0467-3, page 155:
* 2003 , Mary O'Connell, "Saint Anne", in Living with Saints , Grove Press, ISBN 0-8021-3926-4, page 209:
- Against the backdrop of muted stripes of color, Julieanne picked at her eyes’ crusties , and then combed her hair with the hand.
* 2005 , Jeffrey Dinsmore, I, an Actress: The Autobiography of Karen Jamey , Contemporary Press, ISBN 0974461490, page 51:
- Jesus, how could I bear the sight of him—sleep crusties lodged in the corners of his rheumy eyes, a puff of chest hair cresting like meringue over the top of his V-neck sweater, khakis jacked up to his breastbone—when I was used to looking at the singularly lovely Isabella?
(chiefly, UK) A member of an urban subculture with roots in punk and grebo, characterized by antiestablishment attitudes and an unkempt appearance.
- I wiped the crusties from my eyes, threw on a sundress, and wandered out into the living room.
* (dried eye mucus) gound (UK dialectal), sleep, sleepy dust (informal)
crusty" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus (Wordsmyth, 2002)
crusty (adj. easily annoyed)" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
crusty (n. an unwashed person)" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
* Oxford English Dictionary , second edition (1989)
* Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)