One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an ill-humoured little man’
bad-tempered, ill-tempered, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, in a mood, in a bad mood, cross, as cross as two sticks
irritable, irascible, tetchy, testy, crotchety, touchy, thin-skinned, scratchy, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, peevish, fractious, waspish, prickly, peppery, pettish, shrewish
grumpy, grouchy, crabbed, crabby, disagreeable, volatile, splenetic, dyspeptic, choleric, bilious, liverish, cross-grained
informal snappish, 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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