|part of speech:
||irritable, stubborn, and quarrelsome.
I'm always a bit cantankerous in the morning if I don't get enough sleep.After his wife left him, he became a bitter and cantankerous old man.
- crabby, cross-grained, crotchety
- similar words:
- bad-tempered, bilious, contentious, cranky, disagreeable, grouchy, grumpy, ill-natured, irritable, ornery, peevish, perverse, quarrelsome, stubborn, surly, testy
||argumentative, petulant, querulous, snappish, waspish
||cantankerously (adv.), cantankerousness (n.)