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[shawrt-tem-perd] /ˈʃɔrtˈtɛm pərd/
having a quick, hasty temper; irascible.
Origin of short-tempered
First recorded in 1885-90
irritable, testy, choleric, waspish. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for short-tempered
Historical Examples
  • He was ever a short-tempered man, intolerant of irrelevancies.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • He was a short-tempered man of no great manners, and he only grunted his response.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • “I wish to apologize for being so short-tempered this morning,” he began.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • In the morning they will often be sullen and short-tempered.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • I'll get blamed if you go, and he's short-tempered this morning.

    Hobson's Choice Harold Brighouse
  • All of them are short-tempered, and the bars of their captivity not too strong.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • The wind, it seemed, too, was expressing a little of the afternoon's short-tempered.

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
  • Please forgive me for being (a) short-tempered; (b) tedious.

    The Whirligig of Time Wayland Wells Williams
  • To take offense at slight provocation was ridiculed as "short-tempered."

  • The examiner too could be impulsive, was indeed apt to be short-tempered.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for short-tempered


easily moved to anger; irascible
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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