"Well, of all cantankerous cranks he is the worst," he would say with a sigh.
Don't be cantankerous, and don't be subtle, because I've been bathing.
They were the most cantankerous, persistent race you can imagine.
You must have thought me cantankerous, and so I have been sometimes, but always by conviction and on principle.
It's no wonder he drinks, hitched up to a cantankerous ...