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testy

[ tes-tee ]
/ ˈtɛs ti /
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adjective, tes·ti·er, tes·ti·est.

irritably impatient; touchy.

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Origin of testy

First recorded in 1325–75; late Middle English testi, alteration of Middle French testu “headstrong”; replacing Middle English testif, from Middle French. See test2, -ive

synonym study for testy

See irritable.

OTHER WORDS FROM testy

tes·ti·ly, adverbtes·ti·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for testy

testy
/ (ˈtɛstɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest

irritable or touchy

Derived forms of testy

testily, 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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