trigger-happy

adjective
trig·​ger-hap·​py | \ ˈtri-gər-ˌha-pē How to pronounce trigger-happy (audio) \

Definition of trigger-happy

1 : irresponsible in the use of firearms especially : inclined to shoot before clearly identifying the target
2a : inclined to be irresponsible in matters that might precipitate war
b : aggressively belligerent in attitude

First Known Use of trigger-happy

1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Trigger-happy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trigger-happy. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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trigger-happy

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English Language Learners Definition of trigger-happy

informal + disapproving : eager to fire a gun

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