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ill temper

bad or irritable disposition.
Origin of ill temper
Related forms
ill-tempered, adjective
ill-temperedly, adverb
ill-temperedness, noun Unabridged
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  • She's so rough and ill-tempered that she looks honest; but I shall be able to show her up yet.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • "He is a little cross, ill-tempered fellow," said Rose pettishly.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • A dance is supposed to amuse, and nothing is more out of place in it than a gloomy scowl, unless it be an ill-tempered frown.

  • Here he laid a restraining hand on the ill-tempered Chinaman's shoulder.

  • Everybody knows that Martha Wilson was a passionate, scolding jade, and that John her husband was a surly, ill-tempered fellow.

  • Miss Ballantyne says that he was not ill-tempered, but on the contrary, kind, especially to children.

    Spare Hours John Brown
  • Moreover she was ill-tempered and sulky, and was for ever grumbling.

    Old-Time Stories Charles Perrault
  • Foka, the butler, was the most ill-tempered person in the house.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for ill-tempered


showing bad temper; irritable
Derived Forms
ill-temperedly, adverb

ill temper

bad temper; irritability
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