Definition of sorehead in US English:



North American
  • A person who is in a bad temper or easily irritated.

    • ‘I really did, because if they boo you on the road, it's either because you're a sorehead or you're hurting them.’
    • ‘He was called an ‘old-fashioned American sorehead.’’
    • ‘Yet he makes a terrible mistake in treating the traditional civil rights leaders as soreheads because they attack him.’
    • ‘Maurice Bendrix, the hero of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair, is one of modern literature's great soreheads.’
    • ‘Many soreheads and unsympathetic people will probably cavil that this is pretty darn cool and lots of people don't get to go to Australia and experience such a beautiful land.’
    • ‘Then, when Uncle Jack gave him the ten dollars, the man went to his room, apologizing for being such a sorehead.’
    • ‘If the accused is not dismissed, the good trooper will be dismayed and the malcontent and sorehead will be encouraged in his own insubordination.’
    • ‘Well, what can you with a bunch of leftist soreheads?’
    • ‘What it dances around is the flabbergasting tendency of all these cable-TV talking soreheads to be wrong about everything from primary votes to foreign wars.’
    • ‘Some of them are remarkably eager to label anybody who asks the question an antiwar liberal loser sorehead.’
    irritable, irascible, fractious, fretful, cross, petulant, pettish, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, miserable, morose, peppery, on edge, edgy, impatient, complaining, querulous
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