adjective, strop·pi·er, strop·pi·est. British Informal.

bad-tempered or hostile; quick to take offense.

Origin of stroppy

1950–55; perhaps (ob)strep(erous) + -y1, though o is unexplained Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for stroppy


adjective -pier or -piest

British informal angry or awkward
Derived Formsstroppily, adverbstroppiness, noun

Word Origin for stroppy

C20: changed and shortened from obstreperous
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Word Origin and History for stroppy

1951, perhaps a slang mangling of obstreperous.

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