Part of speech:
Sensitive to touch; easily irritated, as a part of the body
(Informal) Rapid and without delay.
Involving interchange; reciprocal.
Expressing a complaint or grievance; grumbling:
In an ill humor; bad-tempered; peevish
Marked by quarreling.
Gloomy or somber in tone, color, or portent:
Having a bad disposition; peevish.
Capriciously stubborn or eccentric; perverse.
Curling or tending to curl
(Slang) Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome:
The definition of sour is something with an acidic taste, or someone who is resentful or angry.
Showing resentment or dissatisfaction by petulant or peevish withdrawal
(Obsolete) Arrogant; domineering.
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.
In a bad-tempered or sulky mood; grumpy
Characterized by or resulting from anger.
Expressive of a mood, especially a sullen or gloomy mood:
Offensive in taste or smell; nauseating
Easily aroused to anger.
Irritated, impatient, or exasperated; peevish:
Difficult to understand; complicated.
Showing ill humor or impatience, as a glance or remark
Likely to snap or bite, as a dog.
Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.
Having or showing a bad temper
Paying great or excessive attention to personal tastes and appearance; fastidious:
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