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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Perhaps from conteck 'quarreling' (13-17 centuries)

cantankerous

adjective
     
can‧tan‧ker‧ous
bad-tempered and complaining a lot:
a cantankerous old man
WORD FOCUS: angry WORD FOCUS: angry
a little angry: miffed informal, peeved informal

rather angry: annoyed, irritated, cross, in a bad/foul mood

very angry: furious, livid, outraged, incensed, incandescent with rage formal

to become angry: lose your temper, go mad British English, go berserk informal, go ballistic informal, hit the roof informal

words for describing someone who often gets angry: bad-tempered, grouchy, cantankerous, crabby, stroppy BrE informal


See also
angry

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