cantankerous

[ kan-tang-ker-uhs ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Mid 18th century; English

of unknown origin; perhaps a blend of Anglo-Irish cant ‘auction’ and rancorous

Synonyms

  • cranky
  • dour
  • grouchy
  • grumpy
  • irascible
  • prickly
  • quarrelsome
  • testy

Antonyms

  • cheerful
  • happy
  • pleasant
  • easy
  • good-natured
  • nice

Definition

bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative

Example

The cantankerous man became more difficult to deal with as he aged.

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