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Cantankerous means contentious or irritable.

Cantankerous is an adjective.

Synonyms: argumentative, quarrelsome, testy, ill-tempered, cranky, grouchy.

Antonyms: affable, pleasant, amiable, genial, kindly, agreeable.

Sample Usage

Today is not a good day to ask for a raise in our salary; our boss is in a cantankerous mood.

That cantankerous man would challenge a nun to a fight if he had the chance.

Mr.Ravi's cantankerous family is irritable bad-tempered, and quarrelsome—and that's on a good day!

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