The origin of curmudgeon is not known, but that has not stopped a couple of explanations, neither with any real evidence supporting them, from circulating.
What we do know is that appears as early as 1577 in Richard Stanyhurst’s A Treatise Contayning a Playne and Perfect Description of Irelande:
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Such a clownish Curmudgen.
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