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cantankerous


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cantankerous 
  adj  1:  (British)  stubbornly  obstructive  and  unwilling  to  cooperate; 
  "unions...have  never  been  as  bloody-minded  about 
  demarcation  as  the  shipbuilders"-  Spectator  [syn:  {bloody-minded}] 
  2:  having  a  difficult  and  contrary  disposition;  "a  cantankerous 
  and  venomous-tongued  old  lady"-  Dorothy  Sayers  [syn:  {crotchety}, 
  {ornery}] 




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