trigger-happy

adjective

trig·​ger-hap·​py ˈtri-gər-ˌha-pē How to pronounce trigger-happy (audio)
1
: irresponsible in the use of firearms
especially : inclined to shoot before clearly identifying the target
2
a
: inclined to be irresponsible in matters that might precipitate war
b
: aggressively belligerent in attitude

Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of trigger-happy was in 1943

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“Trigger-happy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trigger-happy. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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