bad-tem·​pered ˈbad-ˈtem-pərd How to pronounce bad-tempered (audio)
: easily annoyed or angered : having or showing a bad temper : surly, ill-tempered
Bad-tempered drivers banged on the door and left cursing without a fare.Deborah Levy
It's not a good idea to make a love story about two people who are so self-absorbed, sniveling and bad-tempered that the audience wants them to end up in a dumpster, not living happily ever after. Ralph Novak

Examples of bad-tempered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Who among us has not gazed in dismay at a world that’s not just increasingly bad-tempered, but seems to hold against each one of us some focused, individual grudge? Jessica Kiang, Variety, 9 Oct. 2023 In Nigeria, for example, a small and bad-tempered snake called the West African carpet viper is responsible for most of the country's bites. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, 19 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bad-tempered was in 1671

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“Bad-tempered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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