Part of speech:
(Informal) Rapid and without delay.
Easily aroused to anger.
Partially or totally dark, especially dismal and dreary:
Having a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition.
Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults:
Surly and peevish; cranky.
In pursuance, conformity, or accordance; used adverbially
Having or showing a quick temper or irascible nature
Expressing sorrow; mournful or melancholy.
Threatening, as of weather conditions; ominous:
Sullenly melancholy; gloomy.
Creating unnecessary fuss.
Likely to snap or bite, as a dog.
Having a slender waist, like a wasp
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.
Capriciously stubborn or eccentric; perverse.
Marked by worry and distress; troublesome:
Full of complaint; peevish
Responding excessively to the stimulus of a foreign agent, such as an allergen.
Involving interchange; reciprocal.
In a bad-tempered or sulky mood; grumpy
Harsh and throaty; hoarse
Containing a large amount of shortening; flaky:
The definition of sulky is someone or something that is gloomy or withdrawn.
Showing a brooding ill humor or silent resentment; morose or sulky.
Having an easygoing, cheerful disposition.
The definition of quarrelsome is someone who is prone to getting into arguments or fights.
Inclined to melancholy.
Of or like the color of bile
Having outlines that are too sharp
Charged with emotion; spirited:
Hard to manage; unruly; rebellious; refractory
The definition of ornery is someone bad tempered or stubborn.
Querulous or discontented.
Stretched tight; strained; taut
Touchy; irritable; peevish
Being especially well-adapted; felicitous:
Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle:
Hard to understand because intricate or complicated
The definition of nasty is something that is very dirty, unpleasant or offensive.
Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.
(Slang) Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome:
Having or showing a bad temper
Causing irritation or distress; vexatious.
The definition of peckish is hungry or cranky.
Peevish; petulant; cross
Harsh and irritating:
Angered or offended
Tending to be very anxious and easily agitated.
Always ready to argue; quarrelsome
Inclined to dispute; fond of arguing; contentious
The definition of resentful is being angry or holding a grudge against something.
Tending to carp, or find fault; captious
Too critical; too severe in judgment; hard to please
Causing, expecting, or characterized by falling prices or declining economic conditions.
The definition of pleasant is someone or something that is agreeable, enjoyable or likable.
- Cranky and cross suggest moods in which one cannot be easily pleased or satisfied, cranky because of stubborn notions or whims, and cross because of ill humor
- Touchy applies to one who is acutely irritable or sensitive and is too easily offended
- Splenetic suggests a peevish moroseness in one quick to vent his malice or spite
- Irascible and choleric are applied to persons who are hot-tempered and can be roused to a fit of anger at the slightest irritation
- Irritable implies quick excitability to annoyance or anger, usually resulting from emotional tension, restlessness, physical indisposition, etc.
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