testy

[ tes-tee ]
/ ˈtɛs ti /

adjective, tes·ti·er, tes·ti·est.

irritably impatient; touchy.

Origin of testy

1325–75; late Middle English testi, alteration of Middle French testu headstrong; replacing Middle English testif < Middle French. See test2, -ive
Related formstes·ti·ly, adverbtes·ti·ness, noun
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testy

/ (ˈtɛstɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest

irritable or touchy
Derived Formstestily, adverbtestiness, noun

Word Origin for testy

C14: from Anglo-Norman testif headstrong, from Old French teste head, from Late Latin testa skull, from Latin: shell
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Word Origin and History for testily

testy


adj.

c.1500, "impetuous, rash," from Middle English testif "headstrong" (late 14c.), from Anglo-French testif, Old French testu "stubborn," literally "heady," from teste "head," from Late Latin testa "skull," in classical Latin "pot, shell" (see tester (n.2)). Meaning "easily irritated" is first recorded 1520s.

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