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1. stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate;
- Example: "unions...have never been as bloody-minded about demarcation as the shipbuilders"- Spectator
[syn: bloody-minded, cantankerous]

2. having a difficult and contrary disposition;
- Example: "a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers
[syn: cantankerous, crotchety, ornery]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cantankerous \Can*tan"ker*ous\, a. Perverse; contentious; ugly; malicious. [Colloq.] -- Can*tan"ker*ous*ly, adv. -- Can*tan"ker*ous*ness, n. [1913 Webster] The cantankerous old maiden aunt. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] Cantar
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

60 Moby Thesaurus words for "cantankerous": bad-tempered, bearish, bilious, bitchy, cankered, choleric, churlish, contrary, crabbed, crabby, cranky, cross, cross-grained, crotchety, crusty, cussed, difficult, disagreeable, dour, dyspeptic, excitable, feisty, fractious, froward, grouchy, grumpy, huffish, huffy, ill-conditioned, ill-natured, ill-tempered, irascible, irritable, liverish, mean, morose, ornery, peevish, perverse, petulant, prickly, quarrelsome, snappish, sour, spiteful, spleeny, splenetic, stuffy, sulky, sullen, surly, testy, tetchy, touchy, ugly, vinegarish, vinegary, waspish, wayward, wrongheaded