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adjective,tes·ti·er, tes·ti·est.
  1. irritably impatient; touchy.

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

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See irritable.

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Other words from testy

  • tes·ti·ly, adverb
  • tes·ti·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for testy


/ (ˈtɛstɪ) /

adjective-tier or -tiest
  1. irritable or touchy

Origin of testy

C14: from Anglo-Norman testif headstrong, from Old French teste head, from Late Latin testa skull, from Latin: shell

Derived forms of testy

  • testily, adverb
  • testiness, noun

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