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 Murdoch and Trump have had a fraught relationship — Murdoch reportedly gave the go-ahead for Fox News to call Arizona for Biden on election night, which predictably resulted in a Trump tantrum. Joel Mathis, The Week, 18 Nov. 2021 The Sun appears to have thrown a temper tantrum last week. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 25 Apr. 2022 Top executive William Wesley had also been animated during games toward referees, especially on the road, and was spotted last season storming around in a tantrum behind the basket in Barclays Center. Stefan Bondy, courant.com, 6 Mar. 2022 The glitchy debut provided plenty of immediate fodder for those who see the social media platform as little more than a Trump temper tantrum. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 22 Feb. 2022 Policymakers at the Federal Reserve will likely keep their focus on reining in rising prices — even if that triggers a tantrum on Wall Street, Hodge said. NBC News, 4 Feb. 2022 Sometimes, the people are saying, a tantrum isn’t worthy of being placed upon a pedestal. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2022 Every year, someone has a full-on tantrum over corned beef. Mackensy Lunsford, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2022 Sierra starts things off by filling Clayton in on Shanae's tantrum. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tantrum

1714, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tantrum

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17 May 2022

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“Tantrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tantrum. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for tantrum


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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