Definition of short temper in US English:

short temper

noun

  • A tendency to lose one's temper quickly.

    • ‘And I already know you're a beautiful girl with a short temper.’
    • ‘When I was young I had a short temper on and off the pitch, now I'm hopefully more level-headed.’
    • ‘Fury mounted in her, igniting her short temper.’
    • ‘In unfortunate cases, these dogs possessed short tempers when they were around noisy children.’
    • ‘They were unreasonable, quick to make assumptions, and had short tempers.’
    • ‘Did ‘everyone’ include two certain blonde and dark-haired boys with short tempers?’
    • ‘Except for your short temper, you are my best officer.’
    • ‘That way they can make allowance for your short temper and sharp tongue.’
    • ‘A great deal of crime begins with the short tempers people develop from being treated rudely all the time, and from perceived forms of disrespect.’
    • ‘When he first came in he had a short temper, but he's learned to keep it under control.’
    • ‘His father beat him when he was a small child, his teachers despised him for his dullness, his friends avoided him for his short temper.’
    • ‘She has a really short temper, and is a hopeless romantic.’
    • ‘The player with the self-confessed short temper revealed the foul and racist remarks that emanate from the stands are sometimes sickening.’
    • ‘We usually have short tempers, and can be more than a little hard to get along with.’
    • ‘Her short temper could only be controlled by one of us.’
    • ‘Mr Johnson said in his statement that Jones had a short temper and boasted about being in fights and knocking people out.’
    • ‘Kevin has a wicked sense of humor and a short temper.’
    • ‘In this story, Teddy remembers the boredom, short tempers, and listlessness of the campers until his Dad convinced the community to unite in constructing a baseball field.’
    • ‘Many people spend their lives trying to overcome their weaknesses (traits like disorganization, a short temper, or terrible shyness).’
    • ‘No wonder Drake had such a short temper when it came to Alan.’
    irascibility, tetchiness, testiness, touchiness, scratchiness, grumpiness, moodiness, grouchiness, crotchetiness, a mood, a bad mood, cantankerousness, curmudgeonliness, churlishness, bad temper, ill temper, ill nature, ill humour, peevishness, crossness, pique, impatience, fractiousness, pettishness, crabbiness, waspishness, prickliness, pepperiness, crustiness, spleen, shrewishness, hot temper, quick temper
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Pronunciation

short temper

/ʃɔrt ˈtɛmpər/