Friday, 22 June 2012

word of the day part:fifty | cantankerous


can·tan·ker·ous [kænˈtæŋkərəs]

1. Ill-tempered, irascible and quarrelsome; disagreeable.
2. Difficult to handle.

[Perhaps from Middle English contek, dissension (influenced by such words as rancorous and cankerous), from Anglo-Norman contec, possibly from Latin contctus, past participle of contingere, to touch; see contact.]

cantankerously | adv.
cantankerousness | n.

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