- ADJ-GRADEDIf you describe someone as ill-tempered, you mean they are angry or hostile, and you may be implying that this is unreasonable. [FORMAL]
He sounded like an ill-tempered child...
It was a day of tense and often ill-tempered debate.
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ill-tempered — adj formal 1.) easily made angry or impatient = ↑bad tempered 2.) an ill tempered meeting, argument etc is one in which people are angry and often rude to each other ▪ Six players were sent off in an ill tempered game … Dictionary of contemporary English
Ill-tempered — Ill tem pered, a. 1. Of bad temper; grouchy; morose; crabbed; sour; peevish; fretful; quarrelsome. Syn: crabbed, crabby, cross, fussy, fussbudgety, grouchy, grumpy, bad tempered. [1913 Webster] 2. Unhealthy; ill conditioned. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
ill-tempered — [adj] irritable annoyed, bad tempered, bearish, cantankerous, choleric, crabby, cross, crotchety, grouchy, grumpy, irascible, moody, nasty, quick tempered, sharp, snappy, sour, spiteful, surly, testy, touchy, vicious; concepts 401,403 … New thesaurus
ill-tempered — [il′tem′pərd] adj. having or showing a bad temper; quarrelsome; sullen; irritable * * * ill tem·pered (ĭlʹtĕmʹpərd) adj. Having a bad temper; irritable. illʹ temʹpered·ly adv. * * * … Universalium
ill-tempered — index fractious, perverse, petulant, severe Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
ill-tempered — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ irritable or morose … English terms dictionary
ill-tempered — [il′tem′pərd] adj. having or showing a bad temper; quarrelsome; sullen; irritable … English World dictionary
ill-tempered — adjective retirement didn t suit Uncle Luke, who soon became sullen and ill tempered Syn: bad tempered, short tempered, quick tempered, ill humored, moody; in a (bad) mood, cross, irritable, irascible, tetchy, testy, crotchety, touchy,… … Thesaurus of popular words
ill-tempered — adjective formal 1 easily made angry or impatient 2 an ill tempered meeting, argument etc is one in which people are angry and often rude to each other: ill tempered exchanges in the presidential debate … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
ill-tempered — UK [ˌɪl ˈtempə(r)d] / US [ˌɪl ˈtempərd] adjective formal 1) rude, impatient or easily made angry 2) an ill tempered meeting, conversation etc is one between people who are annoyed and rude to each other … English dictionary