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ill temper

bad or irritable disposition.
Origin of ill temper
First recorded in 1595-1605
Related forms
ill-tempered, adjective
ill-temperedly, adverb
ill-temperedness, noun Unabridged
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  • She's so rough and ill-tempered that she looks honest; but I shall be able to show her up yet.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • Rosamond was ill-tempered and spent most of her time in her room.

  • There is not another person in the world who thinks me ill-tempered but you.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • There are the three Banellic girls, the most ill-tempered, ugly cats in England.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • "He is an ill-tempered brute," he went on as soon as they had left the cockpit.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • "Or than me either, I'm afraid," he added, with a ruefulness that was not ill-tempered.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • He was tired, hungry, and ill-tempered, but she was too desperate to care.

  • But though the cook was so ill-tempered, the footman was quite different.

    Favorite Fairy Tales Logan Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for ill-tempered


showing bad temper; irritable
Derived Forms
ill-temperedly, adverb

ill temper

bad temper; irritability
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