Definition of ill-tempered in English:



  • Irritable or grumpy.

    • ‘A generally ill-tempered second half boiled over into heated exchanges on a number of occasions.’
    • ‘All the indicators pointed towards a decent game of football although the game's early spell was fractious and ill-tempered.’
    • ‘It's actually that the film looks realer and nastier and more uncomfortable than anything that gets made now: particularly the shrill and ill-tempered arguments between the crew members.’
    • ‘I got through the first day of the month, then, not too grumpy, or ungrateful, or ill-tempered.’
    • ‘She told the Evening Press the ‘arrogant attitude of a small group of councillors’ during ill-tempered meetings effectively forced her out, amid complaints about the way minutes were presented.’
    • ‘The defender acknowledges that, for the moment at least, he is best remembered for his ill-tempered confrontation with Advocaat when he was substituted at Celtic Park last November.’
    • ‘During the ludicrously extended results programme last week, Martin launched an ill-tempered attack on what she described as the ‘attitude’ of some of the female contestants.’
    • ‘But when composure gave way to a series of ugly and ill-tempered clashes, there was only going to be one winner.’
    • ‘Ironically, the Irish have also been annoyed by several incidents during an ill-tempered match especially the decision to come off for bad light on Friday evening when conditions seemed no worse than they had been all day.’
    • ‘My dad was usually a passive-aggressive person, only when my mother pushed certain buttons did he tend to get irritated and ill-tempered.’
    • ‘His problem was rather the reverse, namely that he became aggressive, ill-tempered and moody.’
    • ‘If their struggles against Lithuania, Iceland and the Faroe Islands are anything to go by, it will be another plodding effort, overtly physical, occasionally ill-tempered and, very possibly, without even a goal to enhance it.’
    • ‘He qualified the team for Euro 2004 and repeated the trick, in tough circumstances, for the World Cup, following an ill-tempered play-off against Turkey.’
    • ‘It was the first indication that the game could become ill-tempered, and it also marked out Hammell as the fall guy.’
    • ‘Before long the reader begins to suspect that this ill-tempered diary is also intended as a kind of psychological case history.’
    • ‘He was awkward, prickly, ill-tempered, condescending and unpredictable.’
    • ‘An early visitor was Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, accompanied not by his customary pet, a lion, but by ‘an ill-tempered and unhouse-trained dog’.’
    • ‘He was true to his word and bowed out gracefully after an ill-tempered special general meeting in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘‘It was a fiery, ill-tempered, ill-disciplined game,’ he said.’
    bad-tempered, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, ill-humoured, moody
    in a mood, in a bad mood, cross, as cross as two sticks, annoyed
    irritable, irascible, tetchy, testy, crotchety, touchy, crusty, thin-skinned, scratchy, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, peevish, fractious, waspish, shrewish, prickly, peppery, sharp, pettish
    grumpy, grouchy, crabbed, crabby, disagreeable, volatile, splenetic, dyspeptic, choleric, bilious, liverish, cross-grained
    snappish, snappy, chippy, on a short fuse, short-fused
    shirty, stroppy, narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore head
    cranky, ornery, peckish, soreheaded
    waxy, miffy
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