V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: quarrelsome and ill-natured

Synonyms: cranky, bad-tempered, irritable, irascible, argumentative, belligerent, grouchy

Antonyms: good natured, cheerful, friendly

Tips: Cantankerous is believed to be an alteration of raucous. Notice the similarity in sound between raucous and cantankerous. Someone who is cantankerous is causing a raucous with his or her bad temper, crankiness, and/or belligerent attitude. Use cantankerous to describe someone who is difficult to get along with.

Usage Examples:

As a waiter, I had the unfortunate experience of serving many cantankerous customers. (irritable, ill-natured)

I was miserable at my old job because my boss was so cantankerous. (grouchy, argumentative)

He has become cantankerous in his old age and often yells at kids who play outside his house. (irascible, bad-tempered, grouchy)

Some mornings he is cheery and fun to be around, while other mornings he is cantankerous and argumentative. (belligerent, grumpy)

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