trigger-happy

adjective trig·ger-hap·py \ ˈtri-gər-ˌha-pē \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of trigger-happy

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

First Known Use of trigger-happy

1943

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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TRIGGER-HAPPY Defined for English Language Learners

trigger-happy

Definition of trigger-happy for English Language Learners

  • : eager to fire a gun


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