One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having a tendency to be easily angered; irascible.
irritable, quick-tempered, short-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, hot-tempered, thin-skinned, snappy, snappish, tetchy, testy, touchy, edgy, crabby, waspish, dyspepticView synonyms
- ‘We didn't get our $3 bus fare refunded, and put up with an iracund taxi driver who had been ticketed earlier in the day.’
- ‘They were a strong-boned, iracund herdsman-and-fisher people.’
- ‘High above the rest rose the guttural sounds of the iracund forester.’
- ‘My iracund heart had already acquired a propensity for aggravating its own fault lines—acquired it in my infancy, and developed it like a minor league prospect.’
- ‘He had heard of Mr. Pullwool as the leader of said ring; and being an iracund man, he was ready to knock his head off.’
Early 19th century: from Latin iracundus, from ira ‘anger’.
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