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Easily irritated; impatient and somewhat bad-tempered:‘his testy, disapproving father’‘she could see him growing quite testy beneath that polished urbanity’
bad-tempered, grumpy, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, dyspeptic, irritable, tetchy, irascible, peevish, crotchety, cantankerous, cross, fractious, disagreeable, pettish, crabbed, crabby, waspish, prickly, peppery, impatient, touchy, scratchy, volatile, crusty, liverish, splenetic, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, cholericsnappish, snappy, chippy, grouchy, cranky, on a short fuseshirty, stroppy, narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore headpeckish, soreheadedsnakymiffyView synonyms
- ‘Sure, people can get testy at times; but serious issues should be debated with passion and vigor.’
- ‘One could see Martin getting testy, but he had no choice but to answer the questions, which were good questions.’
- ‘But, it has to be said that the younger web users can, at times, be a little impetuous and testy, too ready to either take offence, offend or flame.’
- ‘I've just figured out why I've been so testy over the last couple of days - reduced coffee intake.’
- ‘Years later, the sacking still makes the normally placid Burt uncharacteristically testy, but he doesn't dwell on it.’
- ‘From out of nowhere, your boy can snap from cool and calm to angry and testy!’
- ‘I want to ask you first, Ron, about polls because Roger and Karen get testy with me when I bring up polls.’
- ‘I don't blame Rosenthal for being a bit testy after my cheekiness.’
- ‘During his first year in college, Ma made a futile effort to be sociable but ended up becoming more testy, frequently quarrelling with his classmates.’
- ‘She asked me to pass on her apologies for being testy in comments threads, which I'm sure are wholly unnecessary in any case.’
- ‘But he got testy whenever reporters got close to what might have been driving the deal.’
- ‘Maybe she's testy because she's not long out of hospital with a viral condition.’
- ‘The minute he is questioned, he becomes testy and defensive.’
- ‘My escorts exited the bus and a testy female officer instructed them to walk through a metal detector.’
- ‘He seems impatient with you, almost testy to the point of animosity.’
- ‘We are dealing with customers all the time and the last thing we need is our workers feeling hungry and testy.’
- ‘In the circumstances he might have been forgiven for being a little testy.’
- ‘Several campers are surprisingly rude and testy when you attempt to engage them in conversation.’
- ‘Each visit involved a long wait and at least one unpleasant interaction with a testy employee.’
- ‘I get testy when people put whole books or short stories or poems up on their website, without permission, especially when they know it's wrong.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘headstrong, impetuous’): from Anglo-Norman French testif, from Old French teste head, from Latin testa shell.
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