Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “cantankerous”

cantankerous

adjective     /ˌkænˈtæŋ.kər.əs/ US  /-kɚ-/
arguing and complaining a lot: He's getting a bit cantankerous in his old age .Bad-tempered
(Definition of cantankerous adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of cantankerous

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Bad-tempered, but you might be interested in these topics from the Anger topic area:

Definitions of “cantankerous” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

gastronomy

the art and knowledge involved in preparing and eating good food

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More