Paul, on the other hand, has developed a cantankerous reputation as an uncompromising leader of the Tea Party.
To Chicago he was still two-fisted, hard-drinking, cantankerous.
It was ugly, cantankerous, simple enough for any farmhand to understand and fix, and indomitable.
As Allen points out, Italians are in a cantankerous mood these days.
Whenever so much is at stake in this cantankerous country the size of Connecticut, violence usually erupts.
The cantankerous old lady knitted her brows in a familiar fashion.
You might meet Robert Fenley, and he would certainly be cantankerous.
It's quite true that the people round here—your sort of people, I mean—are a cantankerous lot.
But it's the cantankerous fact, and it simply has to stand to reason.
Perhaps it was a good thing that her cantankerous old uncle had betaken himself off.
1772, said to be "a Wiltshire word," probably from an alteration (influenced by raucous) of Middle English contakour "troublemaker" (c.1300), from Anglo-French contec "discord, strife," from Old French contechier (Old North French contekier), from con- "with" + teche, related to atachier "hold fast" (see attach). With -ous. Related: Cantankerously; cantankerousness.