(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. peevish, querulous, grumpy; see complaining , irritable .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
*bitchy, surly, irritable, *cranky, snappish, cross, petulant, grouchy, testy, moody, *touchy,
ANT.: sweet, pleasant, good-humored
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Informal Having or showing a bad temper: bad-tempered, cantankerous, crabbed, cranky, cross, disagreeable, fretful, grouchy, grumpy, ill-tempered, irascible, irritable, nasty, peevish, petulant, querulous, snappish, snappy, surly, testy, ugly, waspish. Informal: mean2. Idiom: out of sorts. See ATTITUDE.

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