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adjective, shirt·i·er, shirt·i·est. Informal.
  1. bad-tempered; irritable; cranky.
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Origin of shirty

1840–50; shirt, in the phrase get someone's shirt out to annoy + -y1
Related formsshirt·i·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of shirty

  • "Don't you get shirty if I talks about that dream," he said.

    Harding's luck

    E. [Edith] Nesbit

  • But don't tell me that when he saw how shirty she was about it, the chump didn't back down?

    Right Ho, Jeeves

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • He with the greatest propriety might call me "Johnny Newcome," yet it ill became me to call him "Shirty."

  • Of course, if she had been plain, he reflected gravely, one could understand her being so shirty.

    Happy House

    Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg

  • I called out loudly and angrily, 'Shirty, don't shoot him in the back!'

British Dictionary definitions for shirty


adjective shirtier or shirtiest
  1. slang, mainly British bad-tempered or annoyed
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Derived Formsshirtily, adverbshirtiness, noun

Word Origin for shirty

C19: perhaps based on such phrases as to get someone's shirt out to annoy someone
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Word Origin and History for shirty


"ill-tempered," 1846, slang, probably from shirt (n.) + -y (2), on notion of being disheveled in anger.

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