tantrum

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

Definition of tantrum

: a fit of bad temper

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Synonyms for tantrum

Synonyms

blowup, explosion, fireworks, fit, hissy [chiefly Southern & southern Midland], hissy fit, huff, scene

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Examples of tantrum in a Sentence

had a tantrum when he found his little sister using his model paints

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Like, for instance, its most public-facing employee, manager Jose Mourinho, deciding to throw a tantrum in a news conference. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Tensions for Manchester United Reach a Boil," 27 Aug. 2018 Rancor over the state budget erupted into all-out war on Wednesday, with accusations of duplicity and tantrums. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Why the Democratic Takeover in New Jersey Is More Civil War Than Progressive Revolution," 26 June 2019 Lesser powers can indulge in histrionic grandstanding, clownish antics, outrageous claims and public tantrums. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Donald Trump’s Iran Show," 24 June 2019 After the awkwardness of their first meeting, a lot of hahaha, tantrums from Robin, desperate jokes, Hamid stopped laughing. Leila Aboulela, Harper's magazine, "Whisky Lullaby," 10 Jan. 2019 She couldn’t be evicted, so the Plaza staff treated her with extreme deference, fearful of provoking one of her tantrums. Julie Satow, New York Times, "The Widows of the Plaza Hotel," 7 June 2019 An infant can’t object to a soft-filtered selfie with mama; a toddler won’t know if their tantrum becomes a topic of online commiseration. Caitlin Gibson, Twin Cities, "Gen Z kids are the stars of their parents’ social media — and they have opinions about that," 5 June 2019 In recent years financial markets have thrown a temper tantrum every... James Piereson, WSJ, "How Debt Makes the Market Volatile," 27 Feb. 2019 Lear is about an old man who has a serious temper tantrum because no one had ever said no to him. Maureen Dowd, Town & Country, "Glenda Jackson as King Lear Is the Mad King For Our Age," 21 Mar. 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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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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