Definition of cankerous in US English:



  • See canker

    • ‘It sows seeds of guilt and worthlessness in the child, fertile ground for cankerous depression to take root in the adult.’
    • ‘It is a cankerous posthumous blot on the career of a very good architect, and her gentle and rather pandering critique of it is quite disappointing.’
    • ‘Every August I determine to do this after I have harvested the fruit, and every year I get cold feet because the memory of the pears is so delicious that I cannot bear to lose them, cankerous or not.’
    • ‘He had inspected the dark labyrinth of the Old Brewery, tripping over the inert, inebriated bodies, peeking into miserable closets housing filthy mothers and cankerous children.’