Definition of cantankerous in English:

cantankerous

Line breaks: can|tan¦ker|ous
Pronunciation: /kanˈtaŋk(ə)rəs
 
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adjective

Derivatives

cantankerously

adverb
More 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

noun
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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