Part of speech:
Involving interchange; reciprocal.
Note: Cantankerous is generally used to describe an unpleasant elderly person in a slightly pejorative manner. However, the term can be used to people in general, livestock, and machinery as well.
Repulsive or offensive; objectionable:
Eccentric is defined as someone or something that is different or behaves in an unconventional way.
Lacking consistency, regularity, or uniformity:
Marked by worry and distress; troublesome:
In an ill humor; bad-tempered; peevish
Subject to caprices; tending to change abruptly and without apparent reason; erratic; flighty
Having or showing a quick temper or irascible nature
Having a grain that is irregular or that runs across the longitudinal axis
Not to one's liking; unpleasant or offensive.
In a bad-tempered or sulky mood; grumpy
Showing or resulting from a quick temper or a fit of anger
The definition of ornery is someone bad tempered or stubborn.
(Printing, dated) With some letters or sorts of type deficient or exhausted in the case or font.
Deviating from what is considered right or good; wrong, improper, etc. or corrupt, wicked, etc.; specif., sexually perverted
Contemptuous in speech or behavior.
The definition of querulous is complaining, often in an argumentative or unpleasant manner.
Stubborn is defined as being unwilling to change your opinion or stance, in spite of good reasons to.
Not determined by reason; capricious; arbitrary; irrational.
Angular forms; sharp corners
Having a pleasant and friendly disposition; good-natured
Difficult to understand; complicated.
Surly and peevish; cranky.
Having a bad temper; irritable.
The definition of nasty is something that is very dirty, unpleasant or offensive.
Likely to snap or bite, as a dog.
(Informal) Rapid and without delay.
The definition of surly is someone who is bad-tempered, or something that is threatening such as poor weather.
(Slang) Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome:
The definition of bizarre is a very strange person or thing.
Having the nature of a freak; odd; peculiar
Located far from civilized areas; remote:
The definition of peculiar is something important or of special interest.
The definition of quaint is something small, old fashioned or charming in a good way.
The definition of queer is something odd or unusual, or is an offensive and derogatory term used to describe a homosexual.
The definition of quirky is a strange or unique action or personality.
Used to designate such a thing
The definition of strange is an unfamiliar or unusual person, place or thing.
Abnormally evil or cruel
Not usual or common; rare; exceptional
Strikingly odd or unusual, especially in an unsettling way; strange:
(Describing a person) crazy or insane
Impulsively whimsical; eccentric:
Of or like rum
Having or showing a bad temper
In conformity with regular practice or procedure:
The definition of fractious is someone who is bad tempered, or someone or something that is difficult to control.
(Chiefly Brit.) Somewhat hungry
Peevish; petulant; cross
Marked by or consisting of scratches:
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Of, being, or produced by an eccentric person:
Affected or marked by ill humor or irritability.
1808, Thomas Morton, “A Cure for the Heart Ache", in The British Theatre; or, A Collection of Plays, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, p 10:
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