from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable: disliked her cantankerous landlord.
- adj. Difficult to handle: "had to use liquid helium, which is supercold, costly and cantankerous” ( Boston Globe).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. given to or marked by an ill-tempered nature, ill-tempered, cranky, surly, crabby.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Perverse; contentious; ugly; malicious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Given to or marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; contradictory; mulish; contentious; cross; waspish; ill-natured: as, “a cantankerous humour,”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate
- adj. having a difficult and contrary disposition
Celestino, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, lives in cantankerous old age in Paris, complaining to his daughter about their host country, yet not daring to return home for fear of Francoist reprisal.
Republicans politely call him "cantankerous" - at least that's what they say in public.
By the time Simon dragged ass into the taping, Ellen had some choice gay insults to hurl at him, calling the cantankerous Brit a "prima donna."
Mink has been called cantankerous, difficult, morally superior, selfish and egotistical.
Getty Images Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, who once hosted a foul-mouthed television cooking show, has been called cantankerous and crude.
God forbid the Post reporter should "take sides," as that would violate the Golden Rule of "balance," and the "debate" might turn still more "cantankerous" -- or maybe it would get a bit more edifying, as real debate should be.
He was called cantankerous, which he probably took as a badge of honour.
Barnard, best known as the cantankerous Dr. Hogue in 'Doc Hollywood,' co-starred with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the 1998 sequel movie 'The Odd Couple II' and saw his son Doug Hughes win a Tony for directing the play 'Doubt.'
Rex learned much of what he knows about the profession from his father, and while his dad was proud to be called cantankerous and rightly hailed as a defensive genius,
Roger Brown discusses, among other things, the influence of language on thought, the evolution of speech and the symbolism in sound -- why, for instance, words like "cantankerous" and "mellifluous" seem to sound like what they refer to.