[ kang-ker-uhs ]
See synonyms for cankerous on
  1. resembling canker.

  2. causing canker.

Origin of cankerous

First recorded in 1535–45; canker + -ous

Words Nearby cankerous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cankerous in a sentence

  • He determined—in the Paris way—to put an end to his cankerous hope, and to his life—together.

  • His heart was stirred to its depths by the reference to the past trouble which lay like a cankerous sore so deep down in it.

  • Anger and Worry are Parasites Anger and worry are as much parasites as are the cankerous worms that attack plants.

    Menticulture | Horace Fletcher
  • But the lovely aromas in that enchanted air did at last seem to dispel, for a moment, the cankerous thing in his soul.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale | Herman Melville
  • The most cankerous conflict of the age might have been spared and the problems resulting therefrom less perplexing.

    Lincoln, the Politician | T. Aaron Levy

British Dictionary definitions for cankerous


/ (ˈkæŋkərəs) /

  1. having cankers

  2. infectious; corrupting

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