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quick-tempered

[kwik-tem-perd]
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adjective
  1. easily angered.

Origin of quick-tempered

First recorded in 1820–30

Synonyms

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quarrelsome, testy, churlish, irascible.
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Examples from the Web for quick-tempered

Historical Examples

  • He was a quick-tempered man, and when he saw what was going on, how mad he was!

    Harper's Young People, July 27, 1880

    Various

  • He was a quick-tempered gentleman, and my playfulness offended him.

    The Suitors of Yvonne

    Raphael Sabatini

  • "Mistress is so quick-tempered that I cannot live with her," said the girl.

  • They were almost as safe as a large dog is if he is known to be quick-tempered.

    Two Arrows

    William O. Stoddard

  • He said: "Do you know what a wilful, quick-tempered girl Clara is?"

    Robert Hardy's Seven Days</p>

    Charles Monroe Sheldon


British Dictionary definitions for quick-tempered

quick-tempered

adjective
  1. readily roused to anger; irascible
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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