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[tan-truh m] /ˈtæn trəm/
a violent demonstration of rage or frustration; a sudden burst of ill temper.
Origin of tantrum
1740-50; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tantrum
  • Data that doesn't fit your case, gets a temper tantrum.
  • And when the consequences happened, she would have an hourlong temper tantrum.
  • So they panicked and then threw a great tantrum because the world was obviously not conforming to their delusions.
  • But don't let me hear you complain when your houses get cold cause they turned off the taps from a tantrum.
  • She simply doesn't take the tantrum personally because, after all, it's not about her.
  • It's an emotional revenge-oriented tantrum that shares certain characteristics with violent criminal behavior itself.
  • The little one throws a tantrum, the older one yells at her.
  • It's harder to throw a tantrum at work and not face consequences.
  • If it doesn't happen, the chefs themselves might well throw a tantrum.
  • If you had any doubt about that, last week's tantrum should have convinced you.
British Dictionary definitions for tantrum


(often pl) a childish fit of rage; outburst of bad temper
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Contemporary definitions for tantrum
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Word Origin and History for tantrum

1714, originally colloquial, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tantrum in Medicine

tantrum tan·trum (tān'trəm)
A fit of bad temper.

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