having a quick, hasty temper; irascible.

Origin of short-tempered

First recorded in 1885–90

Synonyms for short-tempered Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for short-tempered

Historical Examples of short-tempered

  • He was ever a short-tempered man, intolerant of irrelevancies.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He was a short-tempered man of no great manners, and he only grunted his response.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • “I wish to apologize for being so short-tempered this morning,” he began.

    The Cricket

    Marjorie Cooke

  • In the morning they will often be sullen and short-tempered.

  • I'll get blamed if you go, and he's short-tempered this morning.

    Hobson's Choice

    Harold Brighouse

British Dictionary definitions for short-tempered



easily moved to anger; irascible
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