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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