Definition of bad-tempered in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbadˈtempərd/


1Easily annoyed or made angry: in a heat wave, many people become increasingly bad-tempered
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  • The proposed intention will create bad-tempered, frustrated, angry drivers, who will be forced to take risks they otherwise would never dream of doing.
  • Whenever Billy comes visiting, she becomes bad-tempered and angry, leaving Sarah bewildered and Annie even more upset.
  • You are a bad-tempered, petulant and irritable man lacking in your professional duties to your patients.
1.1Characterized by anger or ungraciousness: Mary was feeling very bad-tempered a bad-tempered exchange
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  • During a bad-tempered exchange, Mr Lawlor said the retired developer had named several ministers as having been at the meeting as part of his ‘wild, wicked allegations.’
  • The team was barred from the Eastern Junior Alliance league when their match with Canvey Island side Concord Rangers ended in chaos, after what police described as a bad-tempered match.
  • Trouble was avoided but a player was struck by a coin in a bad-tempered match which boasted the biggest security operation since Euro '96.



Example sentences
  • Their once-charming rivulets now thunder down the hillside, bad-temperedly dragging along everything in their path.
  • My new wife, Daisy, and my mother were in the kitchen bad-temperedly preparing tea.
  • Dani eyes me, and after a moment, asks bad-temperedly, ‘Do you want my coat?’

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Syllabification: bad-tem·pered

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