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testy

[tes-tee] /ˈtɛs ti/
adjective, testier, testiest.
1.
irritably impatient; touchy.
Origin
late Middle English
1325-1375
1325-75; late Middle English testi, alteration of Middle French testu headstrong; replacing Middle English testif < Middle French. See test2, -ive
Related forms
testily, adverb
testiness, noun
Synonyms
tetchy, edgy, snappish, cross, irascible. See irritable.
Antonyms
composed.
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Examples for testily
  • Well, they replied testily, there is this difficulty that you are not permitted to export leks.
  • Someone else asked, rather testily, why he hadn't had a tag sale.
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testy

/ˈtɛstɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
irritable or touchy
Derived Forms
testily, adverb
testiness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-Norman testif headstrong, from Old French teste head, from Late Latin testa skull, from Latin: shell
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Word Origin and History for testily
testy
1510, "impetuous, rash," from M.E. testif "headstrong" (late 14c.), from Anglo-Fr. testif, from O.Fr. testu "stubborn," lit. "heady," from teste "head," from L.L. testa "skull," in L. "pot, shell" (see tester (2)). Meaning "easily irritated" is first recorded 1526.
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