temperamental

adjective tem·per·a·men·tal \ ˌtem-p(ə-)rə-ˈmen-tᵊl , ˌtem-pər-ˈmen- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of temperamental

1 a : marked by excessive sensitivity and impulsive mood changes
  • a temperamental child
b : unpredictable in behavior or performance
  • a temperamental computer
2 : of, relating to, or arising from temperament : constitutional
  • temperamental peculiarities

temperamentally

play \-tᵊl-ē\ adverb

Examples of temperamental in a Sentence

  1. The actor is known for being temperamental.

  2. The old computer is temperamental.

  3. They divorced due to temperamental differences.

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First Known Use of temperamental

1646


TEMPERAMENTAL Defined for English Language Learners

temperamental

adjective

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

temperamental

adjective tem·per·a·men·tal \ ˌtem-pə-rə-ˈmen-tᵊl , -prə-ˈmen-tᵊl \

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

temperamentally

adverb


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