One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she can be grumpy first thing in the morning’
bad-tempered, ill-tempered, short-tempered, crotchety, crabby, crabbed, tetchy, testy, waspish, prickly, peppery, touchy, irritable, irascible, crusty, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, bearish, surly, churlish, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish, cross, as cross as two sticks, fractious, disagreeable, pettish
having got out of bed on the wrong side
informal grouchy, snappy, snappish, 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, soreheaded
NZ Australian informal snaky
informal, dated miffy, waxy
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