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temperamental

[tem-per-uh-men-tl, -pruh-men-, -per-men-] /ˌtɛm pər əˈmɛn tl, -prəˈmɛn-, -pərˈmɛn-/
adjective
1.
having or exhibiting a strongly marked, individual temperament.
2.
moody, irritable, or sensitive:
a temperamental artist.
3.
given to erratic behavior; unpredictable.
4.
of or relating to temperament; constitutional:
temperamental differences.
Origin of temperamental
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; temperament + -al1
Related forms
temperamentally, adverb
nontemperamental, adjective
nontemperamentally, adverb
untemperamental, adjective
untemperamentally, adverb
Synonyms
2. excitable, volatile, emotional.
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  • Jeff could almost feel the whiff and wind of the temperamental rush.

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  • Between these men there were temperamental differences as wide as the ocean.

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  • But Bates would be; he had imagination and was temperamental.

  • Scott, who was 50 temperamental, as out-of-doors men often are, felt it keenly.

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  • He knew how temperamental was the pleasure-seeking stranger.

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British Dictionary definitions for temperamental

temperamental

/ˌtɛmpərəˈmɛntəl; -prəˈmɛntəl/
adjective
1.
easily upset or irritated; excitable; volatile
2.
of, relating to, or caused by temperament
3.
(informal) working erratically and inconsistently; unreliable: a temperamental sewing machine
Derived Forms
temperamentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for temperamental
adj.

"of or pertaining to temperament," 1640s, from temperament; in the sense of "moody" it is recorded from 1907.

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