- a violent demonstration of rage or frustration; a sudden burst of ill temper.
Origin of tantrum
First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for tantrum
This year, however, the tantrum has continued, and the words have become increasingly dire.‘The State of War’—Kim Jong-un’s Bombastic, and Ominous, Bluster
Gordon G. Chang
March 30, 2013
There's the "finale" we should be seeking after the broken crockery from the Tea Party tantrum is cleared away.What Comes After the Tea Party?
February 21, 2013
A tantrum that does not yield the desired result has catastrophic consequences.
A child operating behind the threat of a tantrum will begin by crying softly.
Thus any child considering the tantrum will keep his cards close to his chest.
Because, before you went into any tantrum about yourself, who are—'Little Dorrit
But Brother Archangias, still holding his cards, flew into a tantrum: 'Oh!Abbe Mouret's Transgression
It had been a cruel letter, but unconsidered, like the tantrum of a child.Hidden Water
Her voice soared shrilly to match the heights of her tantrum.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
“What a tantrum Martha will be in,” muttered Eliza, as she left the room.The Weathercock
George Manville Fenn
- (often plural) a childish fit of rage; outburst of bad temper
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tantrum
1714, originally colloquial, of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A fit of bad temper.
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