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Definition tending to be grumpy, argumentative, and uncooperative
  • He is a cantankerous old man who seldom has something good to say.
cantankerous = tending to be grumpy, argumentative, and uncooperative
  • She presided over the quarrelsome and cantankerous congressional testimony.
  • "She was conscious to the last, almost. Conscious," he smiled, "and cantankerous."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • cantankerous = tending to be grumpy, argumentative, and uncooperative
  • Remember, I'm used to cantankerous cars.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • cantankerous = difficult
  • "He was a cantankerous brute," Salamano said.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • cantankerous = tending to be grumpy, argumentative, and uncooperative
  • 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
  • cantankerous = tending to be grumpy, argumentative, and uncooperative
  • 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
  • He was a cantankerous troublemaker, but the Circle blood ran deep.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • He just has the high cantankerous moral shrinks.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • "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
  • I'm getting old and cantankerous.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • "I'm well on my way to becoming a cantankerous old witch."
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • Judge Glass was his usual cantankerous self, barking at defense attorneys and sniping at defendants.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • She made it more difficult for him by adopting a cantankerous tone.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • 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
  • After Mom and Dad left, Erma became even more cantankerous.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • 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
  • 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
  • "I guess this cantankerous woman is getting out of here," Gramps said.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons

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