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[bad-tem-perd] /ˈbædˌtɛm pərd/
cross; cranky; surly; ill-tempered:
a bad-tempered person.
Origin of bad-tempered
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They might mark the site of a friendly house which will provide food, or the presence of a bad-tempered dog.
  • And to think it all started with a gentle mouse, a bad-tempered duck and seven mixed-up dwarfs.
  • It was a bad-tempered season, although fights now are not as bad as they once were.
  • Although politics could trump such legalities, a bad-tempered exit might hinder an amicable settlement.
  • The smugglers may feel increasingly bad-tempered, too.
  • Next year's five-yearly treaty review already looks likely to turn into a bad-tempered huddle.
  • Many foster children have suffered crises in their own home and may be resentful, bad-tempered or angry.
British Dictionary definitions for bad-tempered


angry, irritable, or ungracious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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