Definition of stroppy in English:

stroppy

adjective

British
informal
  • Bad-tempered and argumentative:

    ‘Patricia was getting stroppy’
    • ‘And will this leave Lyle cast as the stroppy adolescent?’
    • ‘If you can't keep the lid on a couple of stroppy 14-year-olds, you are in the wrong job.’
    • ‘Sounds great, but to be honest, given the choice, I think I'd rather deal with the stroppy teenager - particularly if the subject is male.’
    • ‘You don't have to be a millionaire to come here, but if you want to hang out with stroppy supermodels, it probably helps.’
    • ‘It's like a university tutorial conducted not by the Professor but by a stroppy student.’
    • ‘No, actually, I'll take stroppy little Eva over the ‘deep and spiritual’ Yaya or Amanda any day.’
    • ‘This is another way of saying he's very stroppy.’
    • ‘You've been very unhappy and as a result become willful and stroppy.’
    • ‘Watch out for irritability, being more stroppy with other people and not sleeping very well.’
    • ‘Marina is the superficially assured yet vulnerable one, naughty, stroppy, self-serving and extrovert, rebelling against her unstable home life.’
    • ‘‘She's a stroppy one all right, and she will play to the crowd,’ she added.’
    • ‘All the kids were unspeakably cute even when they were being stroppy.’
    • ‘‘Hawick people are very stroppy,’ says Barnes.’
    • ‘I was starting to do a caesarean section on a really stroppy cow who was kicking and thrashing about all over the place.’
    • ‘He got stroppy after being ‘forcibly ushered out’ but did not use any industrial language.’
    • ‘Sarah is stroppy, opinionated and interfering.’
    • ‘Every time I had some form of prize or something he really got very stroppy about it.’
    • ‘However, the Beckhams tend to get a bit stroppy if anyone dares wonder if their marriage is in trouble.’
    • ‘There must be easier ways of embezzling money than having to drain the bank accounts of a couple of stroppy kids.’
    • ‘Then the woman this morning got stroppy because I expected a free breakfast.’
    bad-tempered, ill-tempered, irritable, grumpy, cantankerous, truculent, sulky, sullen, awkward, uncooperative, unhelpful, recalcitrant, refractory, difficult, perverse, contrary, confrontational, argumentative, quarrelsome, obstreperous, choleric
    thrawn
    pig-headed, cussed
    shirty, ratty, narky, bolshie, bloody-minded
    balky, scrappy
    contumacious, froward
    contrarious
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Origin

1950s: perhaps an abbreviation of obstreperous.

Pronunciation:

stroppy

/ˈstrɒpi/