可能来自contentious和raucous的合成词。或来自于cantan, 鸭叫声，见canary, -ker, 狗叫声，见cur, curmudgeon.
- cantankerous:  Cantankerous is a rather mysterious word. It first appears in the 1770s, and the earliest known reference to it is in Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer 1772: ‘There’s not a more bitter cantanckerous road in all christendom’. Its origin is disputed: perhaps the likeliest source is Middle English contekour ‘brawler’, from contek ‘strife’, a borrowing from an unrecorded Anglo-Norman *contek, but an Irish origin has also been suggested, perhaps from Irish cannrán ‘strife, grumbling’ (another early user of the word was the Irish playwright Thomas Sheridan).
- cantankerous (adj.)
- 1772, said to be "a Wiltshire word," probably from an alteration (influenced by raucous) of Middle English contakour "troublemaker" (c. 1300), from Anglo-French contec "discord, strife," from Old French contechier (Old North French contekier), from con- "with" + teche, related to atachier "hold fast" (see attach). With -ous. Related: Cantankerously; cantankerousness.
- 1. a cantankerous old man
- 2. He met a crabbed, cantankerous director.
- 3. He was nothing but a narrow, ignorant, and cantankerous sea -- faring man .
- 他只不过是个狭隘无知 、 脾气 暴戾 的海员而已.
- 4. Sometimes they can be cantankerous, mean - spirited, unkind, and sometimes downright cruel.
- 有时候,他们可能脾气古怪, 心胸狭窄, 不友善, 有时简直是残酷的.
- 5. The cantankerous bus driver rouse on the children for singing.
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