Synonyms of temper in English:


See definition of temper


1‘Drew had walked out in a temper’


fit of rage, rage, fury, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, bad temper, tantrum, passion, paroxysm

fit of pique, bad mood, mood, pet, sulk

informal grump, huff, snit

British informal strop, paddy

British informal, dated bate, wax, skid

North American informal blowout, hissy fit

archaic paddywhack, miff

2‘an uncharacteristic display of temper’


anger, fury, rage, annoyance, vexation, crossness, irascibility, irritation, irritability, ill humour, ill temper, dyspepsia, spleen, pique, petulance, peevishness, pettishness, testiness, tetchiness, snappishness, crabbiness, resentment, surliness, churlishness

air rage

British informal stroppiness

literary ire, choler


good humour

3‘she struggled to keep her temper’


composure, equanimity, self-control, self-possession, sangfroid, coolness, calm, calmness, tranquillity, good humour

informal cool

4‘he was of a placid temper’


temperament, disposition, nature, character, personality, make-up, constitution, mind, spirit, stamp, mettle, mould

mood, frame of mind, cast of mind, habit of mind, attitude

archaic humour, grain


1‘the steel is tempered by heat treatment’


harden, strengthen, toughen, fortify

technical anneal

2‘their idealism is tempered with realism’


moderate, modify, modulate

tone down, mitigate, palliate, alleviate, allay, assuage, lessen, reduce, weaken, lighten, soften, cushion



    lose one's temper

      ‘suddenly, Maria lost her temper’


      become very angry, fly into a rage, explode, blow up, erupt, lose control, go berserk, breathe fire, begin to rant and rave, flare up, boil over


      go mad, go crazy, go wild, go bananas, have a fit, see red, fly off the handle, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, do one's nut, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, go off the deep end, lose one's cool, go ape, flip, flip one's lid, lose one's rag, lose it, freak out, be fit to be tied, be foaming at the mouth, burst a blood vessel, get one's dander up, go non-linear

      British informal

      go spare, go crackers, throw a wobbly, get one's knickers in a twist

      North American informal

      flip one's wig

      NZ Australian informal

      go crook

      vulgar slang

      go apeshit