One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a rather dyspeptic senator put the blame on his European counterpart’
bad-tempered, short-tempered, irritable, snappish, testy, tetchy, touchy, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, grouchy, cantankerous, peevish, cross, fractious, disagreeable, pettish, waspish, prickly, peppery, cross-grained
informal snappy, chippy, on a short fuse, short-fused
British informal shirty, stroppy, narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore head
North American informal cranky, ornery, peckish, soreheaded
NZ Australian informal snaky
dated, informal waxy, miffy
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