cantankerous


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can·tan·ker·ous

 (kăn-tăng′kər-əs)
adj.
1. Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable: disliked her cantankerous landlord.
2. Difficult to handle: "had to use liquid helium, which is supercold, costly and cantankerous" (Brad Pokorny).

[Perhaps from Middle English contek, dissension (influenced by such words as rancorous cankerous), from Anglo-Norman contec, possibly from Latin contāctus, past participle of contingere, to touch; see contact.]

can·tan′ker·ous·ly adv.
can·tan′ker·ous·ness n.

cantankerous

(kænˈtæŋkərəs)
adj
quarrelsome; irascible
[C18: perhaps from C14 (obsolete) conteckour a contentious person, from conteck strife, from Anglo-French contek, of obscure origin]
canˈtankerously adv
canˈtankerousness n

can•tan•ker•ous

(kænˈtæŋ kər əs)

adj.
quarrelsome; irritable.
[1765–75]
can•tan′ker•ous•ly, adv.
can•tan′ker•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cantankerous - stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate; "unions...have never been as bloody-minded about demarcation as the shipbuilders"- Spectator
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate - tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
2.cantankerous - having a difficult and contrary disposition; "a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

cantankerous

adjective bad-tempered, contrary, perverse, irritable, crusty, grumpy, disagreeable, cranky (U.S., Canad., & Irish informal), irascible, tetchy, ratty (Brit. & N.Z. informal), testy, quarrelsome, waspish, grouchy (informal), peevish, crabby, choleric, crotchety (informal), ill-humoured, captious, difficult You're just a cantankerous old man.
kindly, happy, pleasant, cheerful, merry, agreeable, amiable, breezy, placid, genial, congenial, vivacious, good-natured, complaisant

cantankerous

adjective
Translations
مُشاكِس
hašteřivý
krakilskkværulantisk
òrasgjarn
vaidingas
kašķīgsķildīgs
hašterivý

cantankerous

[kænˈtæŋkərəs] ADJcascarrabias inv, gruñón

cantankerous

[kænˈtæŋkərəs] adjquerelleur/euse, acariâtre

cantankerous

cantankerous

[kænˈtæŋkrəs] adjirascibile, stizzoso/a

cantankerous

(kӕnˈtӕŋkərəs) adjective
quarrelsome. a cantankerous old man.
References in classic literature ?
Which was the more remarkable, because he was known as a savage, cantankerous old cuss who never liked anybody.
As a Pressman, I felt sure from what I had been told that I could never hope to get into touch with this cantankerous Professor.
He is a violent, dangerous, cantankerous character, hated by everyone who comes across him, and the butt of the students, so far as they dare take a liberty with him.
She made it more difficult for him by adopting a cantankerous tone.
He might be melancholy if he would, or he might be stoical; he might be cross and cantankerous with her and ask her why she had ever dared to meddle with his destiny: to this she would submit; for this she would make allowances.
Hope he breaks her back for her," was his unholy wish; for he hated Sara intensely, desiring to be with the lions or elephants rather than dancing attendance on a cantankerous female monkey there was no reasoning with.
They had four girls and three boys before, so I can't see that it made much difference what this one was, but of course he'd have to be cantankerous, just like a man.
If folks wa'n't sorry for her there wouldn't a soul go near her from mornin' till night, she's that cantankerous.
the causes which appeal to the gullible many without imposing upon the cantankerous few.
He was cantankerous as only an aged Scotchman can be, and interfered continually in their personal affairs.
I turned away to pay off my taxi, the driver of which was very cantankerous and abusive over his fare.
But his voice must have conveyed his cantankerous intentions.