Word of the Day: Cantankerous

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Dictionary

cantankerous |kanˈta ng kərəs|

adjective

bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative : a crusty, cantankerous old man.

 

DERIVATIVES

cantankerously -adverb

cantankerousness -noun

 

ORIGIN mid 18th cent.: of unknown origin; perhaps a blend of Anglo-Irish cant [auction] and rancorous (see rancor ).

 

Thesaurus

cantankerous

adjective

See grumpy.


Quoted directly from the Oxford American Dictionaries