testy

adjective
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

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The candidates on the stage quickly got into testy exchanges, talking over each other, until Senator Kamala Harris stepped in. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Kamala Harris Shuts Down Debate Squabble With Raised Hands," 28 June 2019 The office of the Dominican attorney general did have to apologize to a CNN reporter following a testy exchange where one of their reporters brought up inconsistencies between filed court documents and the narrative presented to the public. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "Dominican AG explains why he said the photo that caused confusion in Ortiz shooting was taken ‘minutes before’," 21 June 2019 In the latest clip, the president gets into a testy exchange with George Stephanopoulos. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Trump calls George Stephanopoulos ‘a little wise guy’ during exclusive sit down with ABC News," 14 June 2019 In a testy City Council hearing in April, Police Commissioner William Gross defended Gallagher, saying there were suspicions that the Tara Construction worker had been involved in a crime. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "City officials want to boost rules that prohibit police from assisting immigration enforcement," 13 June 2019 Both franchises were finding themselves then, from a testy Christmas matchup in 2013 in Oakland to a chippy seven-game first-round series just four months later that was won by Los Angeles. Janie Mccauley, The Seattle Times, "Fresh off loss at Golden State, Clippers return for playoffs," 13 Apr. 2019 The Congressional Black Caucus has had a testy relationship with Trump. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Cedric Richmond, Congressional Black Caucus push broad bill for jobs, justice," 11 May 2018 In those and other matters, Pompeo is expected to strike a dramatically different tone with Trump than his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, who had a testy relationship with the president that often left them publicly at odds. Karoun Demirjian, BostonGlobe.com, "Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as Trump’s next secretary of state," 26 Apr. 2018 In those and other matters, Pompeo is expected to strike a dramatically different tone with Trump than his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, who had a testy relationship with the president that often left them publicly at odds. Karoun Demirjian, chicagotribune.com, "Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as Trump's next secretary of state," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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testy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of testy

: becoming angry or annoyed easily

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