quick-tem·​pered ˈkwik-ˈtem-pərd How to pronounce quick-tempered (audio)
: easily angered : irascible

Examples of quick-tempered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Part of it had to do with Nguyen’s distant relationship with her father, a taciturn and quick-tempered man with whom the author had difficulty connecting. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quick-tempered was in 1830

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“Quick-tempered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quick-tempered. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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: easily angered : irascible

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