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Daemon
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cantankerous

(adjective) Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable.

Synonyms: bloody-minded

Usage: I am an extremely considerate neighbor, yet the cantankerous old lady next door is constantly lodging complaints about me with our landlord.
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Cantankerous season for my cousin Jane.. Spring became... who must stand by and watch the dragons of our Persian AEmpire folded wing in wing.


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TheParser
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The wisest course, either on the Internet or in real life, is to steer clear of cantankerous individuals.
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The origins of “cantankerous”

“Cantankerous” first appeared in print in English, as far as we know, in Oliver Goldsmith’s 1772 comedic play She Stoops to Conquer (“There’s not a more bitter cantanckerous road in all christendom”). It’s worth noting that “cantankerous,” unlike many words, has never varied in meaning since its first appearance. It still just means “cranky and difficult” and it’s still in wide use today (“But rather than crack a smile, [Barney] Frank began a harangue that was cantankerous even by his standards, sniping at everything from the Tea Party to the Boston Herald,” Boston Globe, 11/03/10).

The origins of “cantankerous” are, fittingly for a word that means “uncooperative,” uncertain, although we do have a general sense of its lineage. The most likely source is the Middle English “”conteke,” which meant “contention, quarrelling,” from which came “contekour,” a person who argues, and finally something like “contackerous” meaning the quality of being a real pill. The final form of “cantankerous” may have been influenced by the spelling of words such as “traitorous” and “rancorous.”

It’s also possible that “cantankerous” is related to the Irish “cannran,” meaning “strife or grumbling.” Or that it is based on the Old French “contechier,” meaning, loosely, “firmly held,” which certainly fits with the idea of stubbornness. If this Anglo-French connection is true, the ultimate root of “cantankerous” may be the Latin “contactus,” past participle of “contingere,” meaning “to touch” and also the source of our English “contact.”
That may sound like a rather large cloud of possibilities that doesn’t get us very far in our quest for the origin of “cantankerous,” but its possible that all of those theories are true and just represent various bits of a very winding path taken by the word.

http://www.word-detective.com/2011/05/cantankerous/
Fayme Rose
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The situation between Phillip and Sandra is very cantankerous to her new boyfriend, which feels that he should accept that he moved on....Boo hoo!
Bryn Kinnaird
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The older I get the more cantankerous I become.
The Realist
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A cantankerous person is hard to deal with.
GreenBanana
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I always pronounce it "cantankerous," not "tantankerous".

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Michelle Hernandez
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[quote=GreenBanana]I always pronounce it "cantankerous," not "tantankerous". [/quote
Michelle Hernandez
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Word of the day skankerous,,,,Cunkerous, whor-eous
Vicki Holzknecht
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I have been told lately that I was cantankerous. Oh well...
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