cantankerous

[kan-tang-ker-uhs]
adjective
disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish: a cantankerous, argumentative man.

Origin:
1765–75; perhaps variant of earlier *contenkerous, reflecting contentious, rancorous

cantankerously, adverb
cantankerousness, noun
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cantankerous (kænˈtæŋkərəs)
 
adj
quarrelsome; irascible
 
[C18: perhaps from C14 (obsolete) conteckour a contentious person, from conteck strife, from Anglo-French contek, of obscure origin]
 
can'tankerously
 
adv
 
can'tankerousness
 
n

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cantankerous
1772, said to be "a Wiltshire word," probably an alteration (infl. by raucous) of M.E. contakour "troublemaker" (c.1300), from Anglo-Fr. contec "discord," from O.Fr. contechier, from con- "with" + teche, related to atachier "hold fast" (see attach).
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Example sentences
He could be cantankerous and rude, yet hated to be embarrassed.
She's 25, an aspiring singer and as open-hearted and accepting as Roger is
  cantankerous and edgy.
Think the worst seatmate you could have on a cross-country flight is an
  irrational, cantankerous drunk? Think again.
Bach, in spite of his cantankerous pride, wrote priceless music.
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