Definition of temperamental
temperamentallyplay \-təl-ē\ adverb
Examples of temperamental in a Sentence
The actor is known for being temperamental.
The old computer is temperamental.
They divorced due to temperamental differences.
Recent Examples of temperamental from the Web
But this rocket is temperamental, and as unstable as a radioactive isotope.
Diana cut an odd figure in literary-bohemian New York: a queenly Cold Warrior with a temperamental aversion to revolt.
The nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, the No. 4 seed and the favorite on the men’s side, begins his tournament against the talented-but-temperamental Benoît Paire of France.
Other candies proved to be similarly temperamental.
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First Known Use of temperamental
TEMPERAMENTAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of temperamental for English Language Learners
: likely to become upset or angry
: unpredictable in behavior or performance
: of or relating to someone's usual attitude, mood, or behavior
TEMPERAMENTAL Defined for Kids
Definition of temperamental for Students
1 : likely to become angry or upset The actor is known for being temperamental and storming off stage.
2 : unpredictable in behavior or performance a temperamental car
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