One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bad-tempered and argumentative.‘the endless round of interviews appears to have made him carnaptious’
- ‘He was a good soldier: sour, carnaptious, and derisive, but when you hesitated at the bunker entrance, he would be there.’
- ‘Cranky and carnaptious, he vented his spleen in satires and clumsy lampoons.’
- ‘He was wildly popular with his audiences in spite of being a carnaptious fellow.’
- ‘It is only when they get to 11 or 12 that these dogs become a bit carnaptious.’
- ‘Carnaptious and caustic, his intransigence could make him, by turn, infuriating and impossible to work with.’
Mid 19th century: from intensifying prefix car- + knap in the sense ‘bite, snap’ + suffix -tious.
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