There is a relationship that develops, tense and often testy, between a journalist and his quarry.
He was a testy clock-Nazi, the GOP was surprisingly well-briefed—and the outcome was never in doubt.
Meanawhile, there are headlines about Obama getting “testy” with reporter Brad Watson of WFAA in Dallas.
The Anglo-American “conversations” about the timing of the second front often grew heated and testy.
I've never seen a government official get quite this testy with a reporter.
"Ay, but there is listening and listening, mistress," was the testy response.
He didn't know it, but she was trying to say she was sorry she had been impatient and testy.
"That's all right, that's all right," was the testy rejoinder.
She was testy too; but this was owing to the neglect she experienced at the hands of her tribe.
There were footsteps on the stairs: then a stumble and a testy word.
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.