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Word of the Day – Rantankerous

By February 2, 2022Word of the Day

Rantankerous (adj) (informal) (US) (rare)

ran-tan-ker-us

Ill-tempered, quarrelsome, ‘ornery’; = “cantankerous”.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Kirke Paulding (1778–1860). Alteration of cantankerous, probably after either rancorous or rant.

Example sentences

“After his rantankerous outburst.”

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