cranky

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. irritable (see irascibility). Ant., amiable, good-natured.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. cross, testy, crotchety, fretful; see irritable .
See Synonym Study at irritable .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
irritable, ill-tempered, grouchy, surly, moody, ugly, *ornery, grumpy, grouchy, *like a bear, testy, ill-humored, choleric.
ANT.: sweet, pleasant, good-humored
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Having or showing a bad temper: bad-tempered, cantankerous, crabbed, cross, disagreeable, fretful, grouchy, grumpy, ill-tempered, irascible, irritable, nasty, peevish, petulant, querulous, snappish, snappy, surly, testy, ugly, waspish. Informal: crabby, mean2. Idiom: out of sorts. See ATTITUDE. 2. Deviating from the customary: bizarre, curious, eccentric, erratic, freakish, idiosyncratic, odd, outlandish, peculiar, quaint, queer, quirky, singular, strange, unnatural, unusual, weird. Slang: kooky, screwball. British Slang: rum, rummy2. See USUAL.

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