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Cantankerous (can-tan-ker-ous): An adjective which likely derives from the Middle English’s “contek” meaning “dissension,” from the Anglo-Norman’s “contec,” or from the ancient Latin’s “conctus” or past participle of “contingere” meaning “to touch” or “contact.”
Meanings: quarrelsome, disagreeable, ill-tempered, irascible, and difficult to handle
Ex. My math teacher was so short fused and cantankerous today he assigned a ridiculous amount of homework.