Definition of cantankerousness in US English:



  • See cantankerous

    • ‘What of the televangelists who promise to cure everything from cantankerousness to cancer, in exchange for a generous ‘love offering‘?’
    • ‘I think modern parents will empathise with him, I really do, if people really listen to this play, but because of his attitude and his cantankerousness he may not get sympathy.’
    • ‘Yet for all her cantankerousness, the woman had fed her and given her a job, and for the first while a place to live.’
    • ‘It amuses primarily thanks to Newhook, largely because he plays his character with the lightest touch, investing Vallis with a believable cantankerousness.’
    • ‘Giving readings was seen as an embarrassment, and generations of German poets were proud to fumble around in sullen cantankerousness.’