hissy

[his-ee]

noun, plural his·sies.

Slang. a fit of anger; temper tantrum.

Nearby words

  1. hiss, alger,
  2. hissarlik,
  3. hisself,
  4. hissing,
  5. hissingly,
  6. hissy fit,
  7. hist,
  8. hist-,
  9. hist.,
  10. histadrut

Origin of hissy

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35

Also called hissy fit.

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British Dictionary definitions for hissy fit

hissy fit

noun

informal a childish temper tantrum
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Word Origin and History for hissy fit

hissy

adj.

1905, from hiss + -y (2). Hissy fit is attested by 1983.

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