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temperamental

[tem-per-uh-men-tl, -pruh-men-, -per-men-]
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adjective
  1. having or exhibiting a strongly marked, individual temperament.
  2. moody, irritable, or sensitive: a temperamental artist.
  3. given to erratic behavior; unpredictable.
  4. of or relating to temperament; constitutional: temperamental differences.
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Origin of temperamental

First recorded in 1640–50; temperament + -al1
Related formstem·per·a·men·tal·ly, adverbnon·tem·per·a·men·tal, adjectivenon·tem·per·a·men·tal·ly, adverbun·tem·per·a·men·tal, adjectiveun·tem·per·a·men·tal·ly, adverb

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2. excitable, volatile, emotional.
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  • Jeff could almost feel the whiff and wind of the temperamental rush.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Between these men there were temperamental differences as wide as the ocean.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • But Bates would be; he had imagination and was temperamental.

  • Scott, who was 50 temperamental, as out-of-doors men often are, felt it keenly.

    Across the Mesa

    Jarvis Hall

  • He knew how temperamental was the pleasure-seeking stranger.

    The Rat Racket

    David Henry Keller


British Dictionary definitions for temperamental

temperamental

adjective
  1. easily upset or irritated; excitable; volatile
  2. of, relating to, or caused by temperament
  3. informal working erratically and inconsistently; unreliablea temperamental sewing machine
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Derived Formstemperamentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for temperamental

adj.

"of or pertaining to temperament," 1640s, from temperament; in the sense of "moody" it is recorded from 1907.

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