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shirty

[shur-tee] /ˈʃɜr ti/
adjective, shirtier, shirtiest. Informal.
1.
bad-tempered; irritable; cranky.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; shirt, in the phrase get someone's shirt out to annoy + -y1
Related forms
shirtiness, noun
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  • Some bosses get shirty if their underlings are unreachable even for a few minutes.
British Dictionary definitions for shirty

shirty

/ˈʃɜːtɪ/
adjective shirtier, shirtiest
1.
(slang, mainly Brit) bad-tempered or annoyed
Derived Forms
shirtily, adverb
shirtiness, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps based on such phrases as to get someone's shirt out to annoy someone
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Word Origin and History for shirty
adj.

"ill-tempered," 1846, slang, probably from shirt (n.) + -y (2), on notion of being disheveled in anger.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shirty

shirttail

adjective

Impoverished; mean; paltry: My brother and I had a pretty shirttail existence as kids (1929+)

noun

An editorial column: The boss blurbed the story in his shirttail (1944+ Newspaper office)

[both senses depend on the shirttail being a short appendage to a shirt; the first sense derives fr the shortness, hence meagerness; the second fr the appendedness, the editor's personal addition]


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