ill temper


bad or irritable disposition.

Origin of ill temper

First recorded in 1595–1605
Related formsill-tem·pered, adjectiveill-tem·pered·ly, adverbill-tem·pered·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ill-tempered

Contemporary Examples of ill-tempered

Historical Examples of ill-tempered

  • She's so rough and ill-tempered that she looks honest; but I shall be able to show her up yet.

  • Rosamond was ill-tempered and spent most of her time in her room.

  • There is not another person in the world who thinks me ill-tempered but you.

    The Fairchild Family

    Mary Martha Sherwood

  • There are the three Banellic girls, the most ill-tempered, ugly cats in England.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • "He is an ill-tempered brute," he went on as soon as they had left the cockpit.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty

British Dictionary definitions for ill-tempered



showing bad temper; irritable
Derived Formsill-temperedly, adverb

ill temper


bad temper; irritability
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