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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Cantankerous \Can*tan"ker*ous\, a.
Perverse; contentious; ugly; malicious. [Colloq.] --
Can*tan"ker*ous*ly, adv. -- Can*tan"ker*ous*ness, n.
The cantankerous old maiden aunt. --Thackeray.
[1913 Webster] Cantar
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate;
"unions...have never been as bloody-minded about
demarcation as the shipbuilders"- Spectator [syn:
2: having a difficult and contrary disposition; "a cantankerous
and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers [syn:
cantankerous, crotchety, ornery]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
60 Moby Thesaurus words for "cantankerous":
bad-tempered, bearish, bilious, bitchy, cankered, choleric,
churlish, contrary, crabbed, crabby, cranky, cross, cross-grained,
crotchety, crusty, cussed, difficult, disagreeable, dour,
dyspeptic, excitable, feisty, fractious, froward, grouchy, grumpy,
huffish, huffy, ill-conditioned, ill-natured, ill-tempered,
irascible, irritable, liverish, mean, morose, ornery, peevish,
perverse, petulant, prickly, quarrelsome, snappish, sour, spiteful,
spleeny, splenetic, stuffy, sulky, sullen, surly, testy, tetchy,
touchy, ugly, vinegarish, vinegary, waspish, wayward,
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