- having a quick, hasty temper; irascible.
Origin of short-tempered
First recorded in 1885–90
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irritable, testy, choleric, waspish.
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Examples from the Web for short-tempered
He was ever a short-tempered man, intolerant of irrelevancies.Mistress Wilding
He was a short-tempered man of no great manners, and he only grunted his response.John Splendid
“I wish to apologize for being so short-tempered this morning,” he began.The Cricket
In the morning they will often be sullen and short-tempered.Life in a Railway Factory
I'll get blamed if you go, and he's short-tempered this morning.Hobson's Choice
- easily moved to anger; irascible
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