tes·​ty | \ ˈte-stē How to pronounce testy (audio) \
testier; testiest

Definition of testy

1 : easily annoyed : irritable
2 : marked by impatience or ill humor testy remarks

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Other Words from testy

testily \ ˈte-​stə-​lē How to pronounce testily (audio) \ adverb
testiness \ ˈte-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce testiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of testy in a Sentence

that coworker would be easier to get along with if she weren't so testy all the time
Recent Examples on the Web Jones, testy of late as the season slips away, had little to say in an abbreviated session with reporters that didn't help with reading the tea leaves. Dan Gelston, Houston Chronicle, "Cowboys blow chance to win NFC East in 17-9 loss to Eagles," 22 Dec. 2019 Siobhan Hughes Things get testy as Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) wraps up. WSJ, "Trump's Impeachment Trial—Live Analysis," 22 Jan. 2020 Things got testy in the Senate chamber early Wednesday morning, with Chief Justice John Roberts admonishing both the impeachment managers and President Trump's legal team for their sharp words. TheWeek, "Chief Justice Roberts admonishes impeachment managers and Trump team, reminds them to 'remember where they are'," 22 Jan. 2020 Things got testy in the waning moments of the Quick Lane Bowl matchup between Eastern Michigan University and the University of Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "College Football QB Ejected After Striking Referee, Opposing Players at End of Bowl Loss," 27 Dec. 2019 China has been a steadfast ally of Pakistan for decades, particularly in its testy relationship with India. Fox News, "Nearly 630 Pakistan girls, women sold as brides to Chinese men: report," 5 Dec. 2019 Over the last few months Bale has endured a testy relationship with Real coach Zinedine Zidane. Ben Morse, CNN, "'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order': Gareth Bale pokes fun at critics," 20 Nov. 2019 The industry has had an occasionally testy relationship with the General Assembly’s majority Democrats who have looked at high net worth hedge fund owners as a source of revenue as the state struggles to close budget deficits. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "At Greenwich forum, hedge fund founders Ray Dalio and Paul Tudor Jones call for reform of capitalism," 5 Nov. 2019 True, Asian American cinema has long had a testy relationship with canons. Brian Hu, Los Angeles Times, "The 20 best Asian American films of the last 20 years," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of testy

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for testy

Middle English testif, from Anglo-French, headstrong, from teste head — more at tester entry 2

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The first known use of testy was in 1523

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15 Feb 2020

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“Testy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testy. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of testy

: becoming angry or annoyed easily

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