[ kan-tang-ker-uh s ]
/ kænˈtæŋ kər əs /


disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish: a cantankerous, argumentative man.

Origin of cantankerous

1765–75; perhaps variant of earlier *contenkerous, reflecting contentious, rancorous

OTHER WORDS FROM cantankerous

can·tan·ker·ous·ly, adverbcan·tan·ker·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cantankerous

/ (kænˈtæŋkərəs) /


quarrelsome; irascible

Derived forms of cantankerous

cantankerously, adverbcantankerousness, noun

Word Origin for cantankerous

C18: perhaps from C14 (obsolete) conteckour a contentious person, from conteck strife, from Anglo-French contek, of obscure origin
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