One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In an irritable mood.‘on waking each day she had been out of temper’
irritable, irascible, fractious, fretful, cross, petulant, pettish, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, miserable, morose, peppery, on edge, edgy, impatient, complaining, querulousView synonyms
- ‘It was not that he was out of temper with Simon.’
- ‘He was out of temper; and he looked up with an angry scowl.’
- ‘A lifelong friend has never known him to be out of temper or speak ill words of others.’
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