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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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  • Before they had gone very far, Amelia Anabelle had a tantrum which added greatly to the fun.

    Mary's Rainbow Mary Edward Feehan
  • Because, before you went into any tantrum about yourself, who are—'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Her rebellion against fate meant nothing more to him than a tantrum to be curbed.

    The Sheriff's Son William MacLeod Raine
  • But Brother Archangias, still holding his cards, flew into a tantrum: 'Oh!

  • By-the-bye, there is no better way of stopping a tantrum than quietly to divert the child's attention to something else.

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.

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tantrum in Medicine

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

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