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Bad-tempered and argumentative.‘Patricia was getting stroppy’
bad-tempered, ill-tempered, irritable, grumpy, cantankerous, truculent, sulky, sullen, awkward, uncooperative, unhelpful, recalcitrant, refractory, difficult, perverse, contrary, confrontational, argumentative, quarrelsome, obstreperous, cholericView synonyms
- ‘If you can't keep the lid on a couple of stroppy 14-year-olds, you are in the wrong job.’
- ‘However, the Beckhams tend to get a bit stroppy if anyone dares wonder if their marriage is in trouble.’
- ‘I was starting to do a caesarean section on a really stroppy cow who was kicking and thrashing about all over the place.’
- ‘No, actually, I'll take stroppy little Eva over the ‘deep and spiritual’ Yaya or Amanda any day.’
- ‘Sarah is stroppy, opinionated and interfering.’
- ‘This is another way of saying he's very stroppy.’
- ‘‘Hawick people are very stroppy,’ says Barnes.’
- ‘It's like a university tutorial conducted not by the Professor but by a stroppy student.’
- ‘Marina is the superficially assured yet vulnerable one, naughty, stroppy, self-serving and extrovert, rebelling against her unstable home life.’
- ‘You've been very unhappy and as a result become willful and stroppy.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘All the kids were unspeakably cute even when they were being stroppy.’
- ‘He got stroppy after being ‘forcibly ushered out’ but did not use any industrial language.’
- ‘Watch out for irritability, being more stroppy with other people and not sleeping very well.’
- ‘Then the woman this morning got stroppy because I expected a free breakfast.’
- ‘‘She's a stroppy one all right, and she will play to the crowd,’ she added.’
- ‘Every time I had some form of prize or something he really got very stroppy about it.’
- ‘And will this leave Lyle cast as the stroppy adolescent?’
- ‘There must be easier ways of embezzling money than having to drain the bank accounts of a couple of stroppy kids.’
1950s: perhaps an abbreviation of obstreperous.
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