short-tem·​pered ˌshȯrt-ˈtem-pərd How to pronounce short-tempered (audio)
: having a quick temper

Examples of short-tempered in a Sentence

shop customers learned not to bother the short-tempered dog on their way out
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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of short-tempered was in 1877

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“Short-tempered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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: easily angered
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