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bad-tempered

[bad-tem-perd] /ˈbædˌtɛm pərd/
adjective
1.
cross; cranky; surly; ill-tempered:
a bad-tempered person.
Origin of bad-tempered
1920-1925
1920-25
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  • He was a very disreputable, bad-tempered, altogether ill-conditioned fellow.

  • Knowles was not bad-tempered, but he was a frequent cause of bad temper in other people.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • They launched the boat with the utmost caution, lest any noise should awaken the bad-tempered man with the shot-gun.

  • He's a bad-tempered brute, and I wonder the squire keeps it.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • "You fellows don't need to get bad-tempered with one another," he observed.

    The Kingdom of the Blind E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He was determined not to be bad-tempered, and smiled good-naturedly.

    Bird of Paradise Ada Leverson
  • Ann was awkward about accepting their apologies; and yet she was not naturally a bad-tempered girl.

  • My grandfather's horse was lean, hardy, and bad-tempered like himself.

    Mauprat George Sand
British Dictionary definitions for bad-tempered

bad-tempered

adjective
1.
angry, irritable, or ungracious
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