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Characterized by gloom
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  1. Characterized by gloom
  2. Ill-tempered; gloomy, sullen, etc.
  3. Sullenly melancholy; gloomy.
Irritable; touchy; peevish
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  1. Irritable; touchy; peevish
  2. Irritated, impatient, or exasperated; peevish:
Grouchy; ill-tempered.
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  1. Grouchy; ill-tempered.
  2. Crabbed; difficult, or perplexing.
  3. Visibly irritated or annoyed; grouchy, irritable, in a foul mood; given to complaining or finding fault in an annoyed way.
Marked by sternness or harshness; forbidding:
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  1. Marked by sternness or harshness; forbidding:
  2. (Scot.) Hard; stern; severe
  3. Sullen; gloomy; forbidding
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  1. Imperfectly illuminated; dismal through obscurity or darkness; dusky; dim; clouded.
  2. Very sad or dejected; hopeless; melancholy
  3. Morose or sullen
Feeling or looking gloomy, sullen, or morose
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  1. Feeling or looking gloomy, sullen, or morose
  2. Gloomy; dismal.
  3. Moody and melancholy; dejected.
Resulting from or indicating such a mood
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  1. Resulting from or indicating such a mood
  2. Subject to or characterized by gloomy, sullen moods or changes of mood
  3. Expressive of a mood, especially a sullen or gloomy mood:
Characterized by gloom
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  1. Characterized by gloom
  2. Ill-tempered; gloomy, sullen, etc.
  3. Sullenly melancholy; gloomy.
Melancholy or sullen.
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  1. Melancholy or sullen.
  2. Having or marked by a tendency to be bitter or sardonic:
  3. Gloomy, depressed, dull
Having the sharp, acid taste of lemon juice, vinegar, green fruit, etc.
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  1. Having the sharp, acid taste of lemon juice, vinegar, green fruit, etc.
  2. Displeased with something one formerly admired or liked; disenchanted:
  3. Bad-tempered and morose; peevish:
Gloomy; dismal; sullen
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  1. Gloomy; dismal; sullen
  2. Showing resentment or dissatisfaction by petulant or peevish withdrawal
  3. (Often derogatory) silent and withdrawn after being upset
Gloomy or somber in tone, color, or portent:
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  1. Gloomy or somber in tone, color, or portent:
  2. Showing a brooding ill humor or silent resentment; morose or sulky.
  3. Gloomy; dismal; sad; depressing
Alternative spelling of bad-tempered.
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  1. Alternative spelling of bad-tempered.
  2. Of or pertaining to bad temper; showing anger.
  3. Having a bad temper or cranky disposition; irritable
Given to or marked by an ill-tempered nature, ill-tempered, cranky, surly, crabby.
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  1. Given to or marked by an ill-tempered nature, ill-tempered, cranky, surly, crabby.
  2. Difficult to handle:
  3. 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.
(Of handwriting) Crowded together and difficult to read.
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  1. (Of handwriting) Crowded together and difficult to read.
  2. Difficult to understand; complicated.
  3. Peevish; morose; cross
Not in perfect mental working order; eccentric, peculiar.
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  1. Not in perfect mental working order; eccentric, peculiar.
  2. Grouchy, irritable; easily upset.
  3. Irritable; cross
Going counter; contrary; opposed
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  1. Going counter; contrary; opposed
  2. Involving reciprocal actions, etc.
  3. Lying or passing crosswise; intersecting:
Inclined to be vexed or troubled; peevish.
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  1. Inclined to be vexed or troubled; peevish.
  2. Having or showing a tendency to fret; irritable and discontented; peevish
  3. Marked by worry and distress; troublesome:
In a bad-tempered or sulky mood; grumpy
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  1. In a bad-tempered or sulky mood; grumpy
  2. Tending to complain or grumble; peevish or grumpy.
Grouchy; peevish; bad-tempered
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  1. Grouchy; peevish; bad-tempered
  2. Surly and peevish; cranky.
Having or showing a bad temper; quarrelsome; sullen; irritable
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  1. Having or showing a bad temper; quarrelsome; sullen; irritable
Characterized by or resulting from anger.
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  1. Characterized by or resulting from anger.
  2. Prone to outbursts of temper; easily angered.
  3. Showing or resulting from a quick temper or a fit of anger
Capable of responding to a stimulus. Used of an organism.
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  1. Capable of responding to a stimulus. Used of an organism.
  2. (Physiol.) Able to respond to a stimulus
  3. Easily irritated or annoyed.
Very dangerous, troublesome, grievous, etc.
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  1. Very dangerous, troublesome, grievous, etc.
  2. Exasperatingly difficult to solve or handle:
  3. Mean; malicious; ill-humored
Contrary; fractious.
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  1. Contrary; fractious.
  2. Showing ill humor or impatience, as a glance or remark
  3. Hard to please; irritable; fretful; cross
Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish.
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  1. Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish.
  2. Contemptuous in speech or behavior.
  3. Impatient or irritable, esp. over petty things; peevish
Given to complaining; peevish.
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  1. Given to complaining; peevish.
  2. Full of complaint; peevish
  3. Inclined to find fault; complaining
Irritable and curt:
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  1. Irritable and curt:
  2. Likely to snap or bite, as a dog.
  3. Cross or irritable, uncivil; sharp-tongued
(Informal) Brisk, vigorous, or lively
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  1. (Informal) Brisk, vigorous, or lively
  2. (Informal) Irritable.
  3. Snappish; cross
Irritable; touchy; peevish
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  1. Irritable; touchy; peevish
  2. Irritated, impatient, or exasperated; peevish:
Marked by or inclined to anger or bad feelings; disagreeable:
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  1. Marked by or inclined to anger or bad feelings; disagreeable:
  2. Bad, vile, repulsive, offensive, objectionable, etc.
  3. (Informal) Ill-tempered; cross
Indicative of irritation, annoyance, or spite:
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  1. Indicative of irritation, annoyance, or spite:
  2. Easily irritated or annoyed; irascible.
  3. Having a slender waist, like a wasp
Crabbed; difficult, or perplexing.
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  1. Crabbed; difficult, or perplexing.
  2. Visibly irritated or annoyed; grouchy, irritable, in a foul mood; given to complaining or finding fault in an annoyed way.
  3. Cross and complaining; peevish; ill-tempered
Expressing spite or malice:
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  1. Expressing spite or malice:
  2. (Slang) Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome:
  3. Ignoble; base:
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