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OTHER FORMS: Crabbe, Crab, Krabb, Krabbe, Krab
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 12/8/2016
Meaning & History
English and Scottish, from Middle English crabbe, Old English crabba
‘crab’ (the crustacean), a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait. English and Scottish from Middle English crabbe
‘crabapple (tree)’ (probably of Old Norse origin), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple tree. It may also have been a nickname for a cantankerous person, a sense which developed primarily from this word, with reference to the sourness of the fruit, but may also have been influenced by the awkward-seeming locomotion of the crustacean. Americanized spelling of German, Dutch, and Danish Krabbe