bad-tempered

adjective bad-tem·pered \ ˈbad-ˈtem-pərd \

Definition of bad-tempered

: 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

First Known Use of bad-tempered

1671

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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of bad-tempered


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