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shirty

[ shur-tee ]
/ ˈʃɜr ti /
Chiefly British Informal.
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adjective, shirt·i·er, shirt·i·est.
bad-tempered; irritable; cranky.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for shirty

shirty
/ (ˈʃɜːtɪ) /

adjective shirtier or shirtiest
slang, mainly British bad-tempered or annoyed

Derived forms of shirty

shirtily, 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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