cantankerous

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

adjective

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

QUIZZES

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PUNCTUATION QUIZ

Punctuation marks help make writing easy to read and understand. Some of the most important ones are the period (.), comma (,), question mark (?), and exclamation point (!). How well do you know how to use them? Find out in this quiz!
Question 1 of 10
Which punctuation mark is best for this sentence? "Can I watch a movie __"

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for cantankerous

British Dictionary definitions for cantankerous

cantankerous
/ (kænˈtæŋkərəs) /

adjective

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012