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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 Far from being a visionary difference-maker who put it all on the line for her righteous cause, Thunberg is increasingly being derided as just another hyperemotional, tantrum-prone, attention-seeking teen brat. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Greta Thunberg Is a Joke," 8 Jan. 2020 The weather was perfectly warm and breezy, there were dolphins frolicking just within my view every morning, and my daughter ate crispy french fries by the pool every single day (in between some rather epic tantrums). Liz Krieger, Good Housekeeping, "My Family Vacations in the Same Spot Over and Over, and All Parents Should Do the Same," 2 Jan. 2020 There’s an orange-y forked-tongue-red-tie-flappin’ tantrum-throwin’ feller in the supremely white White House who pretty much sucks the air out of the whole country. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Toon-twisted 2019: Laughs, cries, long red ties and lots of lies," 31 Dec. 2019 The results can be alarming, as weddings adjoin funerals and tantrums melt into firelit peace, but what the mixture yields is a kind of creed: a faith in the fullness of lives that might be deemed unexceptional. By Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Greta Gerwig’s Raw, Startling “Little Women”," 25 Dec. 2019 But not this narcissistic condescending temper tantrum throwing know it all. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "By pardoning rapists and killers, former governor Matt Bevin showed us who he really is," 13 Dec. 2019 In 2016, as a new vice principal at Gilmartin, Dwyer was lauded for her efforts to create a safety plan to ease chaos at the pre-K to 8th-grade school, including violence, vandalism, threats and tantrums. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Laurel School has a new principal," 20 Nov. 2019 Easily somebody could have said something or got upset, or threw a tantrum or whatever. BostonGlobe.com, "CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This is the day Kemba Walker has been looking forward to since he signed with the Celtics. A return home in a more prosperous position, a Bobcat/Hornet who gave the city and franchise all he could for eight years before a rather unceremonious ending.," 7 Nov. 2019 This led to mystery editor and bookstore owner Otto Penzler personally attacking you, Locke, and the MWA Board in a letter that read like a tantrum. Victoria Namkung, Longreads, "‘I Was Interested in the People Who Are Stuck With These Memories.’," 19 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of tantrum

1714, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tantrum

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12 Feb 2020

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“Tantrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tantrum?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=tantru01. Accessed 21 Feb. 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


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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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