cantankerousness


cantankerousness

adjective

  1. disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish: a cantankerous, argumentative man.

adjective

  1. quarrelsome; irascible
adj.

1772, said to be “a Wiltshire word,” probably from an alteration (influenced by raucous) of Middle English contakour “troublemaker” (c.1300), from Anglo-French contec “discord, strife,” from Old French contechier (Old North French contekier), from con- “with” + teche, related to atachier “hold fast” (see attach). With -ous. Related: Cantankerously; cantankerousness.

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