tan·​trum | \ ˈtan-trəm How to pronounce tantrum (audio) \

Definition of tantrum

: a fit of bad temper

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Examples of tantrum in a Sentence

had a tantrum when he found his little sister using his model paints
Recent Examples on the Web Yankees’ Brett Gardner acting like a child, pounding his bat in the dugout Gardner was just a big kid having temper tantrums in the Bronx for the Yankees. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Festivus 2019: The airing of grievances, sports edition," 23 Dec. 2019 Mom either adapts and calms down and enjoys Child’s company, or has tantrums into the void of Child’s non-reaction. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Mom gives you a calendar, but she wants to be your monthly planner," 18 Dec. 2019 One is a petulant, frowny-faced, tantrum-throwing crybaby who has never been held accountable for anything. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Greta is ‘Person of the Year’; jealous Trump deserves his own award," 13 Dec. 2019 There are no tantrums, no traffic jams, no unexplainable screams from the backseat. Jill Terreri Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "A seaside park with pre-schoolers and parents in mind," 17 July 2019 Traders had none of it, and their rebellion prompted a series of tantrums in both the stock and bond markets. John Authers | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "The Fed and Markets Enter Into an Uneasy Peace," 4 Nov. 2019 This is arguably the best at his position in the midst of a Twitter temper tantrum. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Antonio Brown threatens to end NFL career, but some team looking for an edge will sign him," 22 Sep. 2019 There is good reason to believe that bad economic news—a wheezing stock market, a trade war that’s become an increasingly costly boondoggle, and, above all, a looming recession—inspired the week of tantrums. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump Previews His Response to the Next Recession," 27 Aug. 2019 And who can forget when NATO, our longest lasting alliance of nations, was on the receiving end of Trump tantrums threatening to pull out of that group. Dallas News, "Letters - Floyd McLendon, Ken Paxton, John Ratcliffe, U.S. budget deal, foreign meddling, Saudi arms deal,," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of tantrum

1714, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tantrum

origin unknown

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The first known use of tantrum was in 1714

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15 Jan 2020

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“Tantrum.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tantrum. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tantrum

: an uncontrolled expression of childish anger : an angry outburst by a child or by someone who is behaving like a child


tan·​trum | \ ˈtan-trəm How to pronounce tantrum (audio) \

Kids Definition of tantrum

: an outburst of bad temper


tan·​trum | \ ˈtan-trəm How to pronounce tantrum (audio) \

Medical Definition of tantrum

: a fit of bad temper

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