cantankerous cantankerous  /kæn ˈtæŋ kə rəs/


  1. (adj) stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate
  2. (adj) having a difficult and contrary disposition



  1. David was a cantankerous liberal who regarded his passionate public pursuit of unpopular causes to be his birthright.
  2. Michael's reviews of new books were cantankerous and often differed from the views of other pre-publication reviewers.
  3. Judgmental, cantankerous and devoid of humor, Michael was disliked by most of his colleagues.


  • Voice mail pits Aurora mayor against school board president

    East Aurora School Board President Annette Johnson can be cantankerous, calculating, controlling … certainly controversial. Johnson even admits some of those descriptions are accurate, but adds she’s really a nice person who’s become a lightning rod in the beleaguered district because “I care so much about the kids.” Only, those children were not mentioned even once in a voice mail she left on ...
    on June 7, 2013     Source: The Beacon News


  1. Referring to Muse as "a cantankerous genius," Southwest co-founder Herb Kelleher told the Dallas Morning News that his former colleague "was the perfect person - because he was tough, he was competitive, he was hard-minded - to get Southwest...
    on Feb 9, 2007 By: Herb Kelleher Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "He was his usual cantankerous self," Blaney said.
    on Jan 20, 2010 By: George Blaney Source:

  3. "He was a cantankerous character," Buchanan said. "He really didn't like conservatives, especially the new breed. It made for great chemistry and opposition."
    on Apr 3, 2009 By: Pat Buchanan Source: CNN

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