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[bad-tem-perd] /ˈbædˌtɛm pərd/
cross; cranky; surly; ill-tempered:
a bad-tempered person.
Origin of bad-tempered
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Knowles was not bad-tempered, but he was a frequent cause of bad temper in other people.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • And he was so bad-tempered that the other giants called him Sharvan the Surly.

    Irish Fairy Tales Edmond Leamy
  • He's a bad-tempered brute, and I wonder the squire keeps it.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • He was determined not to be bad-tempered, and smiled good-naturedly.

    Bird of Paradise

    Ada Leverson
  • My grandfather's horse was lean, hardy, and bad-tempered like himself.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • We are a bad-tempered pair, and we behave rather like fishwives when we are in a rage.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • But I shan't tell it at all if I hear you've been bad-tempered.

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • At the club it seemed to him that most of the men were sulky and bad-tempered.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
British Dictionary definitions for bad-tempered


angry, irritable, or ungracious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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