Definition of short-tempered in US English:



  • Quick to lose one's temper.

    • ‘I had to admit that I was starting to love that smirk but I was growing short-tempered and impatient.’
    • ‘Many drivers said they became irritable or short-tempered during the winter.’
    • ‘As his health had improved he'd become steadily more irritable and short-tempered.’
    • ‘Sure, he was often short-tempered and angry, but this time it was something different.’
    • ‘They are short-tempered, resent authority, and have difficulty dealing with criticism.’
    irritable, irascible, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, fiery, peevish, cross, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, impatient, grumpy, huffy, brusque, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, touchy, volatile, testy, tetchy, snarling, waspish, prickly, crusty, peppery, bilious, liverish, dyspeptic, splenetic, choleric
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