- disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish: a cantankerous, argumentative man.
Origin of cantankerous
Related Words for cantankerousdour, grouchy, testy, quarrelsome, cranky, prickly, grumpy, irascible, bad-tempered, captious, choleric, contrary, critical, cross, crotchety, crusty, disagreeable, huffy, ill-natured, irritable
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Contemporary Examples of cantankerous
To Chicago he was still two-fisted, hard-drinking, cantankerous.
I still remember how disappointed I was by this cantankerous book.The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929
January 5, 2014
First up, a classic profile of the cantankerous but lovable Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko.
The most dangerous animal to encounter when walking, I discovered, is not a lion but a cantankerous male buffalo.Walking With Wildebeests: Exploring the Serengeti on Foot
July 9, 2013
It was ugly, cantankerous, simple enough for any farmhand to understand and fix, and indomitable.The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Henry Ford
May 14, 2013
Historical Examples of cantankerous
"Well, of all cantankerous cranks he is the worst," he would say with a sigh.In the Midst of Alarms
Don't be cantankerous, and don't be subtle, because I've been bathing.A Spirit in Prison
They were the most cantankerous, persistent race you can imagine.Be It Ever Thus
Robert Moore Williams
You must have thought me cantankerous, and so I have been sometimes, but always by conviction and on principle.The Christian
It's no wonder he drinks, hitched up to a cantankerous old hyena like that.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
- quarrelsome; irascible
Word Origin for cantankerous
1772, said to be "a Wiltshire word," probably from an alteration (influenced by raucous) of Middle English contakour "troublemaker" (c.1300), from Anglo-French contec "discord, strife," from Old French contechier (Old North French contekier), from con- "with" + teche, related to atachier "hold fast" (see attach). With -ous. Related: Cantankerously; cantankerousness.