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[tan-truh m] /ˈtæn trəm/
a violent demonstration of rage or frustration; a sudden burst of ill temper.
Origin of tantrum
First recorded in 1740-50; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • Because, before you went into any tantrum about yourself, who are—'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • But Brother Archangias, still holding his cards, flew into a tantrum: 'Oh!

  • It had been a cruel letter, but unconsidered, like the tantrum of a child.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for tantrum


(often pl) a childish fit of rage; outburst of bad temper
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Contemporary definitions for tantrum
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Word Origin and History for tantrum

1714, originally colloquial, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tantrum in Medicine

tantrum tan·trum (tān'trəm)
A fit of bad temper.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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