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cantankerous

adjective can·tan·ker·ous \kan-ˈtaŋ-k(ə-)rəs, kən-\

: often angry and annoyed

Full Definition of CANTANKEROUS

:  difficult or irritating to deal with <a cantankerous mule>
can·tan·ker·ous·ly adverb
can·tan·ker·ous·ness noun

Examples of CANTANKEROUS

  1. <a cantankerous old woman who insisted that nothing should ever be allowed to change>
  2. Contemporaries often found him aloof, standoffish, and cantankerous and his mannerisms and diction inscrutable. —Jonathan Spence, New York Review of Books, 22 Oct. 2009

Origin of CANTANKEROUS

perhaps irregular from obsolete contack contention
First Known Use: 1772

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