One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he can be very tetchy first thing in the morning’
irritable, irascible, peevish, crotchety, cantankerous, cross, fractious, disagreeable, pettish, crabbed, crabby, waspish, prickly, testy, peppery, impatient, grumpy, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, touchy, scratchy, volatile, crusty, dyspeptic, splenetic, liverish, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, choleric
informal snappish, snappy, chippy, grouchy, cranky, on a short fuse
British informal shirty, narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore head
North American informal peckish, soreheaded
NZ Australian informal snaky
informal, dated miffy
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