adjective, tes·ti·er, tes·ti·est.
- tet offensive,
Origin of testy
Examples from the Web for testy
The Anglo-American “conversations” about the timing of the second front often grew heated and testy.D-Day Historian Craig Symonds Talks About History’s Most Amazing Invasion|Marc Wortman|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I've never seen a government official get quite this testy with a reporter.State Department Aide Tells Reporter to ‘Fuck Off’|Megan McArdle|September 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There is a relationship that develops, tense and often testy, between a journalist and his quarry.How a Freelance Journalist Unraveled Jonah Lehrer’s Lies|Howard Kurtz|August 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Meanawhile, there are headlines about Obama getting “testy” with reporter Brad Watson of WFAA in Dallas.
Given her testy relations with management, it would be easy to label Simpson a troublemaker.
"There is no arguing with women," her brother had said, with a testy shrug of his shoulders.Sir Christopher|Maud Wilder Goodwin
It had dissolved partnership wi' Testy an' gooan to realms aboon.Yorksher Puddin'|John Hartley
She could not believe Milly meant to take her testy remark seriously.One Woman's Life|Robert Herrick
He is not so testy as of yore, a change that fills Dulce's heart with misgivings.Portia|Duchess
The Baronet was testy thinking over all this, and looked on Feltram's message as an impertinence and the money as his own.J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 3|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
adjective -tier or -tiest
Word Origin for testy
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.