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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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  • Well, they replied testily, there is this difficulty that you are not permitted to export leks.
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British Dictionary definitions for testily

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

adj.

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.

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