tantrum

noun

tan·​trum ˈtan-trəm How to pronounce tantrum (audio)
: a fit of bad temper

Examples of tantrum in a Sentence

had a tantrum when he found his little sister using his model paints
Recent Examples on the Web This is why some progressives throw a ridiculous tantrum every time one of their hallowed safe spaces lets in the smallest pinhole of conservative light. Christian Schneider, National Review, 8 Feb. 2024 The tantrum grew louder still when Swift was announced as Time’s Person of the Year for 2023, triggering feverish accusations of conspiracy. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 1 Feb. 2024 And then Donald Trump got out there and just threw a temper tantrum. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 24 Jan. 2024 Sometimes, a change of location can also stop a tantrum in its tracks or break through an impasse. Miriam Foley, Parents, 1 Feb. 2024 Their children’s meltdowns, tantrums times three, come unannounced and garner stares. Linda Friedel, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 Dentists have seen their fair share of tantrums so don’t be embarrassed if your child lashes out or whines once in the chair. Bevone Ritchie, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 However, the majority of officials who spoke to CNN fear Hungary’s latest obstructions are just a taste of what is to come and are braced for further Orban tantrums that will slow Western support for Ukraine down the line. Luke McGee, CNN, 28 Jan. 2024 To avoid making the tantrums worse, stop trying to be rational with him. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

origin unknown

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tantrum was in 1714

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“Tantrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tantrum. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

tantrum

noun
tan·​trum ˈtan-trəm How to pronounce tantrum (audio)
: a fit of bad temper

Medical Definition

tantrum

noun
tan·​trum ˈtan-trəm How to pronounce tantrum (audio)
: a fit of bad temper

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