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
- ‘A lifelong friend has never known him to be out of temper or speak ill words of others.’
- ‘He was out of temper; and he looked up with an angry scowl.’
- ‘It was not that he was out of temper with Simon.’
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