Contrary is the Weekly Word: What’s your alternative meaning?



My word this week is Contrary, it was a word often used by my ex-husband to describe me because I always disagreed with him! Apparently I wasn’t supposed to have an opinion. As a result, it’s not a word I particularly like, but it sounds wonderful

Anyway, my alternative meaning for the word Contrary is ‘a criminal specialising in more obscure crimes’ (can you guess why I made this my alternative meaning?) and now, what would yours be?

This week’s word is CONTRARY, it is an ADJECTIVE and is pronounced ‘con-t-rair-ee’

The word Contrary means the opposite or a fact or condition which is incompatible with another. It can also mean being so different to be at extreme opposites. And I have no idea where my ex got the idea from that I could possibly be contrary … 😉
Examples of the word Contrary
  • On the contrary, the best regional British food can only be found in Dorset.
  • Her contrary nature ensured that their exchanges were always full of interesting points of fact and fiction.

Origins of the word Contrary

It’s first known use was in the 13th Century and it derives from the Middle English word contrarie, which in turn derived from the Anglo-French word contraire, contrairie from the Medieval Latin contrarius, meaning opposite, adverse, from contraopposite.

Words Similar or Related to Contrary

opposite, antithesis, reverse

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at:

Now, If you would like to see previous Weekly Words you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word



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