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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 ?
I had happened to mention that the Polynesian dances were superior to the Papuan, and this McAllister had denied, for no other reason than his cantankerousness.
Wan Hanafi is a charismatic performer with a magnetic screen presence, his depiction of Rahim's genial nature not entirely obscuring rough edges and retaining an intermittently fiery cantankerousness.
As you look across your chart, the armies of cantankerousness gaze back.
But unlike contrarianism, cultural cantankerousness isn't solely about appearing different from others: even alone in a room, I'd be disinclined to pick up Ferrante's books if others were available.
His cantankerousness pleased me in my flighty twenties.
shepherded by Jobs' infamous cantankerousness, then surely Apple would be
Emily understands completely the neuroses, the hit-and-miss, the devil-may-care, the fragility, the cantankerousness and fleetingness of the muse we all try to nail to the page, or the stage," Carr wrote me in an e-mail.
In light of the particularity of the issue, perhaps the cantankerousness of the current research debate is to be expected.
Along the way, Grimes antagonized countless players, fans, umpires, managers, and front-office personnel with his style of play and general cantankerousness.
Indeed, his artistic and personal cantankerousness and savagely revisionist attacks on received notions of history and biography seem to be calculated to challenge, even offend many of his colleagues and more conservative critics.
9) Druce's "infant" comment could apply to the emotional instability of all the characters: tears, temper tantrums, and general cantankerousness are characteristic not only of Noddy but of "adult" authority figures like Big-Ears and Mr.
On the contrary, her penchant for biting criticism had long made her something of a controversial figure, and indeed outspoken older women across the public sphere are generally configured in a rather different, less tolerant fashion than their male equivalents, in whom forthrightness is frequently understood as an elder's penetrative wisdom rather than shrewish cantankerousness.