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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On the night of the book release, their 3-year-old son, Harrison, threw a temper tantrum. Ragan Clark, Dallas News, "Author finds community with memoir on grieving his young daughter's death," 30 July 2019 Lexie Brown, in her own words, has come a long way since her teenage temper tantrums included chucking desks across the gym floor. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Sharpshooter Lexie Brown feels understood by the Lynx," 9 July 2019 His initial tantrums were organic, but Nike liked the attention and encouraged him to do it more. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "How much are sneakerheads willing to shell out for Nikes with Betsy Ross flag?," 2 July 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 Her daughter was throwing a tantrum after not winning a raffle and Tamica wasn't having any of it. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'Southern Charm New Orleans' Episode 6: Red beans and rice, minus the spice," 21 May 2018 Incensed, Rask, who is not really a stranger to on-ice tantrums, chucked the free blade at the side wall in disgust. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Sharks Break Through Against Vegas; Bruins Topple Lightning," 29 Apr. 2018 Amal and George Clooney aren't the first air travel experts to distract their fellow passengers from any potential tantrums with material goods. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Amal and George Clooney Gave Out Noise-Canceling Headphones on a Plane to Block Their Twins' Crying," 13 Dec. 2017 Sometimes there's simply nothing that can stop a youngster from throwing a tantrum, not even a meeting with the Queen. Victoria Chandler, House Beautiful, "The Queen Deals With This Tiny Child's Tantrum in the Best Possible Way," 9 Mar. 2017

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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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