adjective, testier, testiest.
irritably impatient; touchy.

1325–75; late Middle English testi, alteration of Middle French testu headstrong; replacing Middle English testif < Middle French. See test2, -ive

testily, adverb
testiness, noun

tetchy, edgy, snappish, cross, irascible. See irritable.

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testy (ˈtɛstɪ)
adj , -tier, -tiest
irritable or touchy
[C14: from Anglo-Norman testif headstrong, from Old French teste head, from Late Latin testa skull, from Latin: shell]

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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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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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