[krab-ee] /ˈkræb i/
adjective, crabbier, crabbiest.
Informal. grouchy; ill-natured; irritable; peevish.
adjective -bier, -biest
1520s, in now-obsolete sense “crooked, gnarled, rough,” from extended sense of crab (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning “disagreeable, sour, peevish” is attested from 1776, American English. Both senses were found earlier in crabbed.
noun 1. a cactus, Schlumbergera truncata (or Zygocactus truncatus), native to Brazil, having stems with leaflike segments and showy red flowers and often cultivated as a houseplant.
noun See crab cake
- Crab cake
noun a patty of chopped crab meat and various other ingredients such as breadcrumbs, milk, eggs, onions, and seasonings, which is fried or baked; also written crabcake Examples Crab cakes are usually served with some sort of sauce, usually a remoulade or tartar sauce, and sometimes ketchup. Word Origin 1929 Usage Note cooking
noun, Music. 1. a canon in which the imitating voice is the theme in retrograde motion. noun 1. (music) a canon in which the imitating voice repeats the notes of the theme in reverse order Also called retrograde canon, canon cancrizans