ill-tem·​pered ˈil-ˈtem-pərd How to pronounce ill-tempered (audio)
ill-temperedly adverb

Examples of ill-tempered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the person in charge is ill-tempered, thrives on conflict, and easily persuaded, problems are made worse. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 27 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ill-tempered was in 1601

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“Ill-tempered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: having or showing a bad temper : ill-natured
an ill-tempered neighbor
wrote an ill-tempered reply
ill-temperedly adverb
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