adjective, shirt·i·er, shirt·i·est. Informal.

bad-tempered; irritable; cranky.

Origin of shirty

1840–50; shirt, in the phrase get someone's shirt out to annoy + -y1
Related formsshirt·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective shirtier or shirtiest

slang, mainly British bad-tempered or annoyed
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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