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

Other Words from testy

testily \ ˈte-​stə-​lē How to pronounce testy (audio) \ adverb
testiness \ ˈte-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce testy (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 The battle in Akron with the EPA over its sewage systems got really testy under the previous mayor. Leila Atassi, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 From there his chip ran long and left, leaving a testy nine-footer to save par that didn’t drop. USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2022 Due to a testy 99-day Major League Baseball lockout, Triple-A baseball teams across the country started play before the MLB for the first time since the league's last labor dispute in 1995. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Apr. 2022 Melinda hated being crammed indoors with lots of raucous and sometimes testy people, as is often the case at Maryhouse when meals are being served, laundry is being done and showers are being used. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Indeed, testy passengers who have refused to comply with mask mandates have been a challenge for flight attendants. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 31 Mar. 2022 Indeed, testy passengers who have refused to comply with mask mandates have been a challenge for flight attendants. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 25 Mar. 2022 During a special meeting Wednesday (March 23) that turned testy on several occasions, City Council voted to redo its vote from two days earlier and agree to move forward with the Cedar Road repaving project. cleveland, 24 Mar. 2022 Naz Reid added 14 points off the bench for Minnesota in a matchup that turned testy early. San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Testy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testy. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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