Definition of ill-humoured in English:



  • Bad-tempered; irritable:

    ‘a querulous and ill-humoured little man’
    • ‘The two continued conversing when an ill-humored Olivia came upon them.’
    • ‘I tried to understand the ill-humored nonchalance that had overtaken me.’
    • ‘She shifted her eyes to Frederick, whose ill-humored reaction to Olivia's slight was quite evident.’
    • ‘He turned an ill-humored eye toward Younge, who sat further down the table pouring over the treasury accounts.’
    • ‘There are open-air fruit sellers, women "strong as mules, hard as stone, ill-humored."’
    • ‘It's not exactly ill-humored, but you can't really call it jolly fun, either.’
    • ‘My time has been taken up with appeasing the whims of a very impertinent and ill-humored stallion.’
    • ‘It is ill-humored in some places.’
    • ‘Now when the ill-humored husband spied Lennie's wide smile, his temper boiled over.’
    • ‘A notorious spot featuring an ill-humored grandmother was universally panned.’
    bad-tempered, ill-tempered, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, in a mood, in a bad mood, cross, as cross as two sticks
    irritable, irascible, tetchy, testy, crotchety, touchy, thin-skinned, scratchy, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, peevish, fractious, waspish, prickly, peppery, pettish, shrewish
    grumpy, grouchy, crabbed, crabby, disagreeable, volatile, splenetic, 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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