- bad or irritable disposition.
Origin of ill temper
First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for ill-tempered
How wrong is the Tea Party, irate and ill-tempered as it may be, in its critique of government operations?Obama’s 2012 Campaign Prepped for Disaster. Obamacare Didn’t.
October 23, 2013
He is largely viewed as an ill-tempered, stodgy government bureaucrat.Britain's Version of 'Yes We Can'
April 15, 2010
She's so rough and ill-tempered that she looks honest; but I shall be able to show her up yet.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Rosamond was ill-tempered and spent most of her time in her room.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
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
"He is an ill-tempered brute," he went on as soon as they had left the cockpit.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
- showing bad temper; irritable
- bad temper; irritability
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