adjective, shirtier, shirtiest. Informal.
bad-tempered; irritable; cranky.

1840–50; shirt, in the phrase get someone's shirt out to annoy + -y1

shirtiness, noun Unabridged
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shirty (ˈʃɜːtɪ)
adj , shirtier, shirtiest
slang chiefly (Brit) bad-tempered or annoyed
[C19: perhaps based on such phrases as to get someone's shirt out to annoy someone]

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Word Origin & History

"ill-tempered," 1846, slang, probably from shirt, on notion of being disheveled in anger.
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Example sentences
Some bosses get shirty if their underlings are unreachable even for a few minutes.
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