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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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 The two will face off in the Nov. 6 general election in what is expected to be a testy race. Phil Willon, latimes.com, "Meet John Cox and Gavin Newsom, the candidates for California governor," 10 June 2018 The lawsuit was sparked by an incident last week in a post-election press conference with Mr. Trump when Mr. Acosta initially refused to surrender his microphone during a testy exchange. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Judge Grants CNN’s Motion to Restore Jim Acosta’s White House Press Pass," 16 Nov. 2018 And both led to complaints of miscommunication and disorganization and an occasional testy exchange with reporters. Paul Elias, The Seattle Times, "Back-to-back crises boost California sheriff’s profile," 28 Nov. 2018 Their warming relations come as ties between European Union nations and Turkey have become increasingly testy. Suzan Fraser And Ayse Wieting, chicagotribune.com, "Turkey, Russia deepen ties amid troubled relations with West," 2 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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