cantankerous

  • 1Cantankerous — Can*tan ker*ous, a. Perverse; contentious; ugly; malicious. [Colloq.] {Can*tan ker*ous*ly}, adv. {Can*tan ker*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] The cantankerous old maiden aunt. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2cantankerous — index contentious, fractious, froward, hostile, inflexible, negative, perverse, petulant, restive …

    Law dictionary

  • 3cantankerous — 1772, said to be a Wiltshire word, probably an alteration (influenced by raucous) of M.E. contakour troublemaker (c.1300), from Anglo Fr. contec discord, strife, from O.Fr. contechier, from con with + teche, related to atachier hold fast (see… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4cantankerous — [adj] difficult, crabby badtempered, bearish, captious, choleric, contrary, cranky, critical, cross, crotchety*, crusty*, disagreeable, dour, grouchy*, grumpy*, huffy*, ill humored, ill natured, irascible, irritable, morose, obstinate, ornery*,… …

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  • 5cantankerous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ bad tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative. DERIVATIVES cantankerously adverb cantankerousness noun. ORIGIN perhaps a blend of Anglo Irish cant «auction» and rancorous …

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  • 6cantankerous — [kan taŋ′kər əs] adj. [prob. < ME contakour, troublemaker (< Anglo Fr < contec, discord) + OUS] bad tempered; quarrelsome cantankerously adv. cantankerousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 7cantankerous — [[t]kæntæ̱ŋkərəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Someone who is cantankerous is always finding things to argue or complain about. [WRITTEN] ...a cantankerous old man …

    English dictionary

  • 8cantankerous — adjective Etymology: perhaps irregular from obsolete contack contention Date: 1772 difficult or irritating to deal with < a cantankerous mule > • cantankerously adverb • cantankerousness noun …

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  • 9cantankerous — cantankerously, adv. cantankerousness, n. /kan tang keuhr euhs/, adj. disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish: a cantankerous, argumentative man. [1765 75; perh. var. of earlier *contenkerous, reflecting CONTENTIOUS, RANCOROUS] * * * …

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  • 10cantankerous — adjective /kænˈtæŋkəɹəs,kənˈtæŋkəɹəs/ Stubborn, bad tempered, cranky, surly, ill humored, irritable. The cantankerous landlord always grumbled when asked to fix something …

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  • 11cantankerous — can|tan|ker|ous [kænˈtæŋkərəs] adj [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Perhaps from conteck quarreling (13 17 centuries)] bad tempered and complaining a lot ▪ a cantankerous old man …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12cantankerous — [18] Cantankerous is a rather mysterious word. It first appears in the 1770s, and the earliest known reference to it is in Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer 1772: ‘There’s not a more bitter cantanckerous road in all christendom’. Its&#8230; …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13cantankerous — adjective bad tempered and complaining a lot: a cantankerous old man cantankerously adverb cantankerousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14cantankerous — /kænˈtæŋkərəs / (say kan tangkuhruhs) adjective ill natured; quarrelsome; perverse or contrary, as in disposition: *He was being defied on all sides, and was becoming cantankerous about it. –frank hardy, 1950. {? from Middle English contek&#8230; …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 15cantankerous — [18] Cantankerous is a rather mysterious word. It first appears in the 1770s, and the earliest known reference to it is in Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer 1772: ‘There’s not a more bitter cantanckerous road in all christendom’. Its&#8230; …

    Word origins

  • 16cantankerous — Synonyms and related words: bad tempered, bearish, bilious, bitchy, cankered, choleric, churlish, contrary, crabbed, crabby, cranky, cross, cross grained, crotchety, crusty, cussed, difficult, disagreeable, dour, dyspeptic, excitable, feisty,&#8230; …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17cantankerous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. cross, ill natured. See irascibility. Ant., pleasant, good natured. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. peevish, quarrelsome, grouchy; see critical 2 , irritable , mean 3 , obstinate . III (Roget s 3&#8230; …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18cantankerous — can|tan|ker|ous [ kæn tæŋkərəs ] adjective always complaining or arguing and easily annoyed …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19cantankerous — can·tan·ker·ous || kæn tæŋkÉ™rÉ™s adj. irritable, contentious …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20cantankerous — adjective bad tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative. Derivatives cantankerously adverb cantankerousness noun Origin C18: of unknown origin; perh. a blend of Anglo Irish cant auction and rancorous (see rancour) …

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