What does cantankerous mean?

Definitions for cantankerouskænˈtæŋ kər əs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cantankerous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bloody-minded, cantankerous(adj)

    stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate

    "unions...have never been as bloody-minded about demarcation as the shipbuilders"- Spectator

  2. cantankerous, crotchety, ornery(adj)

    having a difficult and contrary disposition

    "a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers


  1. cantankerous(Adjective)

    given to or marked by an ill-tempered nature, ill-tempered, cranky, surly, crabby.

  2. Origin: Perhaps derived from earlier contenkerous, from contentious + rancorous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cantankerous(adj)

    perverse; contentious; ugly; malicious

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cantankerous

    kan-tang′kėr-us, adj. cross-grained: perverse in temper.—adv. Cantan′kerously.—n. Cantan′kerousness. [M. E. contak, quarrelling.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cantankerous in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cantankerous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chuang-tzu:

    Great wisdom is generous petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.

  2. Chuang-tzu, On Leveling All Things:

    Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.

Images & Illustrations of cantankerous

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Translations for cantankerous

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • заядлив, придирчивBulgarian
  • nevrlý, hašteřivýCzech
  • launisch, zänkisch, übellaunig, mürrischGerman
  • κακότροποςGreek
  • mal genio, mañoso, intratable, enojadizo, ariscoSpanish
  • riidanhaluinen, ilkeäFinnish
  • irritableFrench
  • stizzosoItalian
  • cantankerousLatin
  • pukukinoMāori
  • korzelig, dwarsDutch
  • kłótliwy, przewrotnyPolish
  • supărăcios, iritabil, susceptibilRomanian
  • сварливыйRussian
  • gnällig, grälsjuk, grinig, kvirrig, knarrig, kverulantiskSwedish
  • சண்டையிடும் குணமுள்ளTamil

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