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CANTANKEROUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cantankerous mean? 

CANTANKEROUS (adjective)
  The adjective CANTANKEROUS has 2 senses:

1. stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate
2. having a difficult and contrary disposition

  Familiarity information: CANTANKEROUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CANTANKEROUS (adjective)


Sense 1cantankerous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate

Synonyms:

bloody-minded; cantankerous

Context example:

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

Similar:

obstinate; stubborn; unregenerate (tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield)

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)


Sense 2cantankerous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a difficult and contrary disposition

Synonyms:

crotchety; ornery; cantankerous

Context example:

a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady

Similar:

ill-natured (having an irritable and unpleasant disposition)


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