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crusty

Ornery, irritable, and, often, outspoken. He's the crusty veteran of the team—I wouldn't mess with him. Please, Phil was crusty when he was younger too—turning 50 has nothing to do with his current crankiness.
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crusty

mod. feisty; gruff. (Very old, 1500s.) Unlike most crusty, old men, Jed hasn’t a single redeeming quality.
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Taylor, and it is usually possible to enjoy his almost thuggish, crustily expressed partiality.
Lewis; Robert Murray's revelation that Tolkien lamented the failure of the Goths to be converted to Trinitarian Christianity, thus confining much of ancient Germanic faith to Arianism rather than orthodoxy; Kenneth Craven's crustily reactionary essay on good and evil in Tolkien; as well as Ricardo Irigaray's discussion of the teleological dynamism in Tolkien that turns destiny into providence.
"People who are so-called non-religious can be as compassionate as those in organized orthodox religion," he said crustily. "You don't have to have a God to see injustices."
This crustily independent city had been much more of a pagan city, and it strongly opposed the fiat.
On the same day across the mountains, Bob Chandler, the crustily venerable editor of The Bulletin of Bend, told his readers in a signed column: "I wish someone were running for whom I could vote without holding my nose.