- disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish: a cantankerous, argumentative man.
Origin of cantankerous
Examples from the Web for cantankerousness
They felt that Keith, for all his "cantankerousness," might be right.The Calico Cat
Charles Miner Thompson
In the partial stupors it is seen as active opposition and cantankerousness.
Naturally it is only in the minor stupors that we see it in well-developed form as active opposition and cantankerousness.
Thoreau with all his cantankerousness came nearer to the new literature.In Pastures Green
It was like the emancipation of the slaves, and the whole of Scotch cantankerousness came to a height.His Majesty Baby and Some Common People
- quarrelsome; irascible
Word Origin and History for cantankerousness
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.