[ tem-per-uh-men-tl, -pruh-men-, -per-men- ]
/ ˌtɛm pər əˈmɛn tl, -prəˈmɛn-, -pərˈmɛn- /


having or exhibiting a strongly marked, individual temperament.
moody, irritable, or sensitive: a temperamental artist.
given to erratic behavior; unpredictable.
of or relating to temperament; constitutional: temperamental differences.

Nearby words

  1. temper,
  2. temper color,
  3. temper tantrum,
  4. tempera,
  5. temperament,
  6. temperamentally,
  7. temperance,
  8. temperate,
  9. temperate bacteriophage,
  10. temperate zone

Origin of temperamental

First recorded in 1640–50; temperament + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for temperamentally


/ (ˌtɛmpərəˈmɛntəl, -prəˈmɛntəl) /


easily upset or irritated; excitable; volatile
of, relating to, or caused by temperament
informal working erratically and inconsistently; unreliablea temperamental sewing machine
Derived Formstemperamentally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for temperamentally



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

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