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cantankerous

Syllabification: can·tan·ker·ous
Pronunciation: /kanˈtaNGk(ə)rəs
 
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Definition of cantankerous in English:

adjective

Bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative: a crusty, cantankerous old man
More example sentences
  • When the cantankerous old miller dies of a heart attack, he bequeaths his property to his eldest son, his donkey to the second, and the mill cat to his youngest son Mark.
  • Now we have responsibility for my 88 year old cantankerous maiden aunt who suffers from moderately severe dementia and resides in a rest home.
  • This isn't like the cantankerous old Johnboy we've come to know and loathe, and frankly I find this a bit disturbing, but a welcome change.

Origin

mid 18th century: of unknown origin; perhaps a blend of Anglo-Irish cant 'auction' and rancorous (see rancor).

Derivatives

cantankerously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • In the hope of warming up that body, MoMA is now publishing Positif: 50 Years, the first anthology in English of reviews from the cantankerously venerable French journal.
  • On the other hand Bach, despite his cantankerously quarrelsome nature, is seen as a genius superior even to Mozart (a rather futile comparison hardly worth attempting).
  • We didn't exactly run the school, but there were many things that were left to us, and we debated over them cantankerously.

cantankerousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Giving readings was seen as an embarrassment, and generations of German poets were proud to fumble around in sullen cantankerousness.
  • I think modern parents will empathise with him, I really do, if people really listen to this play, but because of his attitude and his cantankerousness he may not get sympathy.
  • It amuses primarily thanks to Newhook, largely because he plays his character with the lightest touch, investing Vallis with a believable cantankerousness.

Words that rhyme with cantankerous

cankerous, rancorous

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