One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Irritable or grumpy.
bad-tempered, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, ill-humoured, moodyView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It was the first indication that the game could become ill-tempered, and it also marked out Hammell as the fall guy.’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘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 was awkward, prickly, ill-tempered, condescending and unpredictable.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘It was a fiery, ill-tempered, ill-disciplined game,’ he said.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘His problem was rather the reverse, namely that he became aggressive, ill-tempered and moody.’
- ‘But when composure gave way to a series of ugly and ill-tempered clashes, there was only going to be one winner.’
- ‘My dad was usually a passive-aggressive person, only when my mother pushed certain buttons did he tend to get irritated and ill-tempered.’
- ‘Before long the reader begins to suspect that this ill-tempered diary is also intended as a kind of psychological case history.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I got through the first day of the month, then, not too grumpy, or ungrateful, or ill-tempered.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He was true to his word and bowed out gracefully after an ill-tempered special general meeting in Edinburgh.’
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