Perverse controversial ugly harmful
- stubbornly obstructive and reluctant to cooperate
- having a challenging and contrary personality
- Perverse; contentious; unsightly; destructive.
1772, reported to be "a Wiltshire term," probably from a modification (impacted by raucous) of center 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 quickly" (see connect). With -ous. Associated: Cantankerously; cantankerousness.
Feeding and harnessing the cantankerous mules wasn't exactly the highlight of her day.