cantankerous

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

adjective

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

Origin of cantankerous

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

Related forms

can·tan·ker·ous·ly, adverbcan·tan·ker·ous·ness, noun
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cantankerous

/ (kænˈtæŋkərəs) /

adjective

quarrelsome; irascible

Derived Forms

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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