What does cantankerous mean?

Definitions for cantankerous
kænˈtæŋ kər əscan·tan·ker·ous

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

Wiktionary

  1. cantankerous(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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.]

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How to say cantankerous in sign language?

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Numerology

  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

Examples of cantankerous in a Sentence

  1. Chuang-tzu, On Leveling All Things:

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

  2. Marcus Aurelius:

    If you don’t want to be cantankerous, don’t feed your temper, or multiply incidents of anger. Suppress the first impulse to be angry, then begin to count the days on which you don’t get mad.

  3. Chuang-tzu:

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

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