[ shur-tee ]

adjective,shirt·i·er, shirt·i·est.
  1. bad-tempered; irritable; cranky.

Origin of shirty

First recorded in 1840–50; shirt, in the phrase get someone's shirt out “to annoy” + -y1

Other words from shirty

  • shirt·i·ness, noun

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How to use shirty in a sentence

  • 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
  • It is most welcome, as the pater only sent ten bob, being shirty about my report; and the mater another.

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

  • shirty was n't there, but I had him covered when he turned back, red hot at having been deceived.

  • That's really how it was when I saw you going off with that creature; but of course I was an ass to get shirty about it.

    The Hall and the Grange | Archibald Marshall

British Dictionary definitions for shirty


/ (ˈʃɜːtɪ) /

adjectiveshirtier or shirtiest
  1. slang, mainly British bad-tempered or annoyed

Origin of shirty

C19: perhaps based on such phrases as to get someone's shirt out to annoy someone

Derived forms of shirty

  • shirtily, adverb
  • shirtiness, noun

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