Definition of bad-tempered in English:



  • 1Easily annoyed or made angry:

    ‘seldom has there been a more naughty and bad-tempered child’
    • ‘‘Well,’ she replied, ‘we don't really have people who are as bad-tempered as you.'’
    • ‘The proposed intention will create bad-tempered, frustrated, angry drivers, who will be forced to take risks they otherwise would never dream of doing.’
    • ‘She has a voluble and attractive personality, but even if she were cranky and bad-tempered I'd still go there because the food's really good.’
    • ‘You are a bad-tempered, petulant and irritable man lacking in your professional duties to your patients.’
    • ‘Whenever Billy comes visiting, she becomes bad-tempered and angry, leaving Sarah bewildered and Annie even more upset.’
    • ‘He wrote: ‘The food is disgusting, the hotels over-priced and the pubs are full of drunken, bad-tempered men.’’
    • ‘Lack of testosterone leaves men bad-tempered, emotional, depressed and suffering from Irritable Male Syndrome, scientist Gerald Lincoln told BBC radio's recently.’
    • ‘He was a rotund, florid, bad-tempered, red-haired man who would shout orders.’
    • ‘What could have been a bland disease-of-the-week series gets a shot of adrenaline whenever Dr Gregory House, a bad-tempered, contemptuous diagnostician, is made to exercise his bedside manner.’
    • ‘When he isn't working, he's grumpy and bad-tempered.’
    • ‘The Japanese say you should cook food in a state of Zen-like equilibrium, giving any bad-tempered chefs the day off because the mood will communicate to the dish being prepared.’
    • ‘Thousands of desperate-looking bad-tempered people had descended on Oxford Street in general and Selfridges in particular and were swarming like so many mad bees looking for a so-called bargain.’
    • ‘Li, a white-collar worker, found herself bad-tempered, depressed and irritated with others.’
    • ‘As you approached a bazaar you would come across a traffic jam made up of bumbling herds of fat-tailed sheep, strings of bad-tempered camels and heavily-laden tractors bringing in farm-folk with their crops.’
    • ‘But then I read that ‘a plane was forced back to earth after a bad-tempered cat attacked the pilot.’’
    • ‘That is they tend to be aggressive, narrow-minded, egocentric, irritable, ignorant, and bad-tempered.’
    • ‘What prompted the Weekly Standard to publish his collection of bad-tempered, ignorant, off-the-mark comments about him and about contemporary literature is a greater mystery.’
    • ‘All the rest had found suitable partners, but Kalemeleme was so gentle that he would not stand up for his own rights, or anyone else's, while Kinku was so bad-tempered that no one could stand his tantrums for long.’
    • ‘Here we're introduced to some of the civic and military leaders of the ape pack, led by Thade, an ornery, scowling, bad-tempered ape if there ever was one.’
    • ‘Mr Layton was due before a disciplinary committee to answer charges that he was unhelpful to Pocklington's new arts centre and its staff, and sarcastic and bad-tempered in general.’
    irritable, irascible, tetchy, testy, grumpy, grouchy, crotchety, in a mood, in a bad mood, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish, having got out of bed the wrong side, cross, as cross as two sticks
    fractious, disagreeable, pettish, crabbed, crabby, waspish, prickly, peppery, touchy, scratchy, crusty, splenetic, shrewish, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, dyspeptic, choleric, bilious, liverish, cross-grained
    snappish, snappy, chippy, on a short fuse, short-fused
    shirty, stroppy, narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore head
    cranky, ornery, peckish, soreheaded
    waxy, miffy
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    1. 1.1 Characterized by anger:
      ‘a bad-tempered match’
      • ‘Yesterday's bad-tempered exchange threatened to overshadow what should have been a constructive insight into the state of broadband in Britain.’
      • ‘After a sometimes bad-tempered meeting on Monday, they also agreed, however, that an area east of the main railway line and surrounding Headbourne Worthy should be excluded from the recommendation.’
      • ‘In what was a physical, bad-tempered affair, scenes that could be associated with a Saturday night brawl in Dodge City erupted midway in the second half.’
      • ‘At the world championships in Budapest in 1997 Chagaev, who was then 19, beat Savon in a bad-tempered and controversial heavyweight final.’
      • ‘Trouble was avoided but a player was struck by a coin in a bad-tempered match which boasted the biggest security operation since Euro '96.’
      • ‘The bad-tempered week-night tie between two clubs in the Hull Sunday League at the city's Costello playing fields ended with a free-for-all as spectators piled onto the pitch and kicked and punched a player on the floor.’
      • ‘But it's still a huge achievement - a mighty course perched above sharp clifftops overlooking the bad-tempered North Sea.’
      • ‘In a foul-mouthed and bad-tempered affair, the authority was meeting for the first time since the local election two weeks ago that wrested control away from the Labour group for only the second time in 68 years.’
      • ‘Is there a thinking man or woman alive in Europe who is not depressed by the prospect of spending yet more years of bad-tempered debate on such mind-numbing details?’
      • ‘Kilkenny won a rather bad-tempered game by 2-14 to 2-9.’
      • ‘The team was barred from the Eastern Junior Alliance league when their match with Canvey Island side Concord Rangers ended in chaos, after what police described as a bad-tempered match.’
      • ‘During a bad-tempered exchange, Mr Lawlor said the retired developer had named several ministers as having been at the meeting as part of his ‘wild, wicked allegations.’’
      • ‘The subsequent round-table sequence of statements from prime ministers at the end of a bad-tempered evening did more harm than good, he told officials.’
      • ‘It was a bad-tempered match with fights breaking out sporadically amidst the rugby.’
      • ‘It was that kind of match, always tetchy, often bad-tempered.’
      • ‘This attempt at self-denial lasted approximately one minute, after which I gave up and found myself agreeing with all the bad-tempered, curmudgeonly opinions being aired.’
      • ‘For the neutrals, it was a memorable end to a bad-tempered, stop - start affair with the match's two tries coming in that injury time period.’
      • ‘City of York completed a superb double over a rapidly-improving Rotherham side with a 5-2 victory in a bad-tempered game.’
      • ‘Whatever the opposite of rose-coloured glasses may be, this book is it: whatever occurs, whether for good or bad, is marked by a bad-tempered refusal to accept anything other than the darkest interpretation of events.’
      • ‘If the closing minutes were meaty and bad-tempered, the opening exchanges had been more pleasant if no less intense.’
      unkind, unpleasant, unfriendly, disagreeable, inconsiderate, uncharitable, rude, churlish, spiteful, malicious, mean, mean-spirited, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, hostile, vicious, malevolent, evil-minded, surly, obnoxious, poisonous, venomous, vindictive, malign, malignant, cantankerous, hateful, hurtful, cruel, wounding, abusive
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