Türkische aussprache kırmʌcîn
Etymologie [ (")k&r-'m&-j&n ] (noun.) 1577. While numerous folk etymologies surround this word, there is widely accepted etymology.
An alternative spelling attested in 1600 is cornmudgin, in Holland's translation of Livy, rendering frumentarius "corn-merchant". This has been suggested as the original form of the word, but OED notes that curmudgeon is attested some years before this, concluding that cornmudgin was merely a nonce-word by Holland. The word is attested from the late 16th century, in the forms curmudgeon, curmudgen,
during the 17th century also in numerous spelling variants, including cormogeon, cormogion, cormoggian, cormudgeon, curmudgion, curmuggion, curmudgin, curr-mudgin, curre-megient.