tantrum

noun
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 Amid the Georgia runoff results coming in to give Democrats Senate control for the first time in 10 years, Eric Trump threw another tantrum about the presidential election. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Eric Trump Takes Being A Sore Loser To New, American Psycho Heights," 6 Jan. 2021 Watch @GovRonDeSantis have a tantrum like a toddler. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Instead Of Addressing The Florida Vaccine Disaster, Ron DeSantis Berated A Woman Journalist," 5 Jan. 2021 Others likened his outburst to that of a toddler throwing a temper tantrum. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Instead Of Addressing The Florida Vaccine Disaster, Ron DeSantis Berated A Woman Journalist," 5 Jan. 2021 What is it called when a snowman has a temper tantrum? Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, "70 Winter Instagram Captions to Accompany Your Perfect Snowy Pics," 11 Dec. 2020 The incident recalled the 2010 case of Steven Slater, a JetBlue flight attendant who activated a chute during a tantrum on a plane landing at Kennedy Airport. Tom Hays, ajc, "2 passengers, puppy exit NYC flight via slide before takeoff," 22 Dec. 2020 Some have characterized Trump's behavior as a tantrum. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | JOHN M. CRISP: Restoring faith in our democracy," 29 Nov. 2020 Honestly, not getting to make spider sandwiches – whatever those are – sounds like something worth throwing a tantrum over. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Says She Needs Advice on ‘Toddler Tantrums’ In New Video," 28 Nov. 2020 Report)—Claiming that his tantrum about losing the election had ruined Thanksgiving, Melania Trump exiled her husband to the children’s table. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "Melania Banishes Trump to Children’s Table," 26 Nov. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Tantrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tantrum. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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tantrum

noun

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

tantrum

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

Kids Definition of tantrum

: an outburst of bad temper

tantrum

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

Medical Definition of tantrum

: a fit of bad temper

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