"When one has supped well, it is always a beautiful night," he said testily.
"You don't seem to think much of a cigar," said O'Shea, testily.
“You all speak as if the poorhouse was a gaol,” the doctor said testily.
"Then I don't understand you,—that's clear," exclaimed O'Reilly, testily.
Bless me, Yussuf,” cried Mr Burne testily; “anyone would think that this was your excursion and not ours.
"No, the 103d; the 105th was at Barbadoes," broke in the Major, testily.
"I am all right," he told them testily, and looking uneasily at Grizel.
“You might as well ask if I was lost,” Mr. Powell rejoined so testily as to surprise me.
"When you marry that wuthless Tom McChesney," said her grandfather, testily.
"It's remarkable that you should be deaf as well as dumb," retorted the other, testily.
c.1500, "impetuous, rash," from Middle English testif "headstrong" (late 14c.), from Anglo-French testif, Old French testu "stubborn," literally "heady," from teste "head," from Late Latin testa "skull," in classical Latin "pot, shell" (see tester (n.2)). Meaning "easily irritated" is first recorded 1520s.