given to or marked by an ill-tempered nature, ill-tempered, cranky, surly, crabby. (adjective)
Examples of word cantankerous
Celestino, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, lives in cantankerous old age in Paris, complaining to his daughter about their host country, yet not daring to return home for fear of Francoist reprisal.
Republicans politely call him "cantankerous" - at least that's what they say in public.
By the time Simon dragged ass into the taping, Ellen had some choice gay insults to hurl at him, calling the cantankerous Brit a "prima donna."
Mink has been called cantankerous, difficult, morally superior, selfish and egotistical.
Getty Images Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, who once hosted a foul-mouthed television cooking show, has been called cantankerous and crude.