Definition of tantrum in English:



  • An uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration, typically in a young child.

    ‘he has temper tantrums if he can't get his own way’
    • ‘When my son was younger and had a temper tantrum, I found the simplest methods were best.’
    • ‘Experts also say that it helps to reduce tantrums and improves the relationship between parents and their children.’
    • ‘Some kids act up or throw tantrums, while some develop physical symptoms such as headaches or insomnia.’
    • ‘He shrugged - he's a very nonchalant man, unperturbed by tantrums and certainly not prone to them.’
    • ‘In fact, they describe him as an extremely driven character prone to mood swings and temper tantrums as much as euphoria.’
    • ‘Do the rest of Scotland really care about who owns the newspapers they buy, and are readers interested in the tantrums of editors?’
    • ‘Let them know that their childish tantrums will get them nowhere.’
    • ‘She died from a ruptured blood vessel in the brain caused by tantrums she threw every night for one week.’
    • ‘They have more temper tantrums and mood swings and refuse any kind of authority!’
    • ‘Fortunately the tantrum induced by this frustration made him sleepy and pretty soon he conked out.’
    • ‘He was known for his tantrums and fits, and his anger was usually known before he was.’
    • ‘Participants will learn methods and strategies to deal with sibling fighting and tantrums.’
    • ‘I used to be big on temper tantrums as a child, and some skills are forever.’
    • ‘I expected tantrums, but he took it well - exacting his revenge merely by giving me all my change in coins.’
    • ‘We strolled around watching kiddies throw tantrums and people screaming on roller coasters.’
    • ‘When he was two, my younger son had a set of tantrums that are etched in my mind.’
    • ‘Temper tantrums in up to a quarter of young children could be caused by food colourings added to popular brands.’
    • ‘When he does not like what is happening, he either sulks or throws tantrums.’
    • ‘The first time I ate there my husband's young nephew threw a tantrum.’
    • ‘They have no comprehension of the social codes that govern the rest of us, and may touch inappropriately or throw tantrums.’
    fit of temper, fit of rage, fit of pique, fit, outburst, flare-up, blow-up, pet, paroxysm, frenzy, bad mood, mood, huff, scene
    paddy, wax, wobbly
    blowout, hissy fit
    shit fit
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Early 18th century: of unknown origin.