[ee-vuh n-tem-perd]


not easily ruffled, annoyed, or disturbed; calm.

Origin of even-tempered

First recorded in 1870–75
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Contemporary Examples of even-tempered

Historical Examples of even-tempered

  • Heneage, as a rule, was one of the most deliberate and even-tempered of men.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • She was sensible, even-tempered, affectionate, and conscientious.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters

    William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh

  • Why are you so bitter and so—so unlike your even-tempered self?

    The Plum Tree

    David Graham Phillips

  • Dick, the least sullen and most even-tempered of men, was for once at war with himself.

  • She was even-tempered and calm and quite as cheerful as of old.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for even-tempered



not easily angered or excited; calm
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