In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(invariable adjective) cascarrabias
- His cantankerous old mother and frustrated spinster sister are a constant drain on his increasingly shaky resources.
- He can be overbearing, cantankerous and obnoxious at times.
- There are no doubt wise and astute teenagers, just as there are foolish and cantankerous old folks.
- He was always known as Captain Jessie, a cantankerous old duffer nearing his eightieth year.
- The only other person from my group who was there was Ernie (the old cantankerous fool).
- They used to do a sketch as two cantankerous old dons forever inventing new ways to insult one another.
- Later, though, Sammy became more cantankerous.
- And you dare not write off people who pen moaning letters to parish newsletters or local papers as cantankerous curmudgeons.
- His dad is the cantankerous black sheep of the mob.
- Much like the late-lamented, cantankerous Mr Dahl, most children revel in the gleefully grotesque and delightfully disgusting.
- She was a cantankerous old dear and as deaf as a doorpost, but we had always been on friendly terms, and I had never quarrelled with her.
- Like all of us, he could be grumpy and cantankerous, but he was never mean-spirited in deed or thought.
- The cantankerous old lady she had worked for for six years had been good to her, in her gruff way.
- When the cantankerous old miller dies of a heart attack, he bequeaths his property to his eldest son, his donkey to the second, and the mill cat to his youngest son Mark.
- I blurted out to my kind friend that I had absolutely no interest in that cantankerous, melancholy old woman!
- Now we have responsibility for my 88 year old cantankerous maiden aunt who suffers from moderately severe dementia and resides in a rest home.
- To anybody that could read no deeper than the physical, he was just as grumpy and cantankerous as always.
- This isn't like the cantankerous old Johnboy we've come to know and loathe, and frankly I find this a bit disturbing, but a welcome change.
- He's a cantankerous old man, set in his ways and prone to sulking to get what he wants.
- Holmes investigates the possible spontaneous combustion of a cantankerous old man.
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