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He is a cantankerous old man who seldom has something good to say.
  having a difficult and contrary disposition
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cantankerous cantankerously cantankerousness
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  • He is a cantankerous old man who seldom has something good to say.
  • She presided over the quarrelsome and cantankerous congressional testimony.
  • Remember, I’m used to cantankerous cars.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • "He was a cantankerous brute," Salamano said.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger

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  • But people did come, and did sit and chew and swallow, their Adam’s apples bobbing, .... as if there were nothing even a little breathtaking in Otis the waiter (formerly a cantankerous cook) actually waiting table, exactly as ordered.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Even though Kandy is several degrees cooler than Colombo, his cantankerous nature rose to the surface like sweat.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • "I guess this cantankerous woman is getting out of here," Gramps said.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • Judge Glass was his usual cantankerous self, barking at defense attorneys and sniping at defendants.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • "I’m well on my way to becoming a cantankerous old witch."
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Conscious," he smiled, "and cantankerous.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • A cantankerous, complaining, mischievous, laughing face.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • She likes waking up to the sound of Alyona bleating in the morning, and the harmlessly cantankerous cook, Adiba, who works marvels in the kitchen.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Cranky, cantankerous, irritable and that’s when she’s in a good mood, Scatty said.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • I’m getting old and cantankerous.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • It is this compliant animal, to the public no different from the others in size and apparent ferocity, that will be the star of the show, while the trainer leaves the beta and gamma lions, more cantankerous subordinates, sitting on their colourful barrels on the edge of the ring.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • But what else can such a cantankerous man as you expect?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • And there was one man of whom Perry had grown especially aware, a robust, upright gentleman with hair like a gray-and-silver skullcap; his face, filled out, firm-jawed, was somewhat cantankerous in repose, the mouth down-curved, the eyes downcast as though in mirthless reverie-a picture of unsparing sternness.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Only Mallinson was inclined to be cantankerous, and that might partly be due to the altitude.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Milo was correct, of course, as everyone soon agreed but a few embittered misfits like Doc Daneeka, who sulked cantankerously and muttered offensive insinuations about the morality of the whole venture until Milo mollified him with a donation, in the name of the syndicate, of a lightweight aluminum collapsible garden chair that Doc Daneeka could fold up conveniently and carry outside his tent each time Chief White Halfoat came inside his tent and carry back inside his tent each time…
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • You forgot how loony she’d become, and her cantankerousness of the past year.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • They were all there—the deaf ammoomas, the cantankerous, arthritic appoopans, the pining wives, scheming uncles, children with the runs.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • He just has the high cantankerous moral shrinks.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • She made it more difficult for him by adopting a cantankerous tone.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He was a cantankerous troublemaker, but the Circle blood ran deep.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • After Mom and Dad left, Erma became even more cantankerous.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • "Too neat and too clean for a cantankerous old bachelor," replied David.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Clean water filled the barrels, fresh rushes lined the floor, and a cantankerous old goat was on the menu.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Some men are too cantankerous for anything—don’t know how to make the best of a bad job—don’t see things as they are—as they are, my boy!
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • He might be melancholy if he would, or he might be stoical; he might be cross and cantankerous with her and ask her why she had ever dared to meddle with his destiny: to this she would submit; for this she would make allowances.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • The claim was almost as scandalous as it was improbable, but Frau Stohr swore it was so by all that was holy—though it was hard to understand how the poor thing could devote such zeal, vigor, and cantankerousness to gossip, when her own problems were giving her so much trouble.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "I tried," the shrink behind the door said, "to submit myself to that man, to the ghost of that cantankerous Jew.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Granpa said he liked to slip up on ol’ Slick when he was cantankerous and not in the mood for trailing.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • I think fear had made us all a little cantankerous.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • Yes, Thomas, you are an extremely cantankerous man to work with—I know that to my cost.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Cantankerous, am I?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • I could look down from my office window on the great bolls and tufts and swollen globes of green which were the trees of the Capitol grounds seen from the height of my window, and think of the deep inner maze of green in one of the big trees and of the hollow shadowy chambers near the trunk, where maybe a big cantankerous jay would be perched for a moment like a barbarous potentate staring with black, glittering, beady eyes into the green tangle.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
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