strop·​py ˈsträ-pē How to pronounce stroppy (audio)

Examples of stroppy in a Sentence

There's no need to get stroppy with me.
Recent Examples on the Web Ramaswamy stole a page from Trump’s 2016 playbook, emerging as a stroppy candidate challenging the status quo of Washington. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 All of a sudden the show’s main obsession, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, is no longer a stroppy teenager, and she’s no longer portrayed by Milly Alcock. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2022 Madison makes for a peculiar heroine; her performance as a realistically stroppy adolescent, in possession of a weariness and cynicism far beyond her years, recalls Karen Kilgariff playing a child in an improv scene. Declan Gallagher,, 7 Oct. 2022 But even if Brexit reflects Britain’s carefree pensioners—and some evidence suggests that despite being older, Brexit voters were stroppier than average—there is little sign of such an age effect elsewhere. The Economist, 11 July 2019 Indeed, a video on AS' website shows the marksman getting extremely stroppy when he is told to conduct some acceleration drills alone while his fellow players get on with another session., 12 Oct. 2017 Dembele is allegedly refusing to return to Dortmund until the situation is resolved by all parties, but the German top flight outfit are standing firm over their stroppy star's stance., 12 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History


perhaps by shortening & alteration from obstreperous

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stroppy was in 1951

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“Stroppy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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