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tantrum Syllabification: tan·trum
Pronunciation: /ˈtantrəm/

Definition of tantrum in English:


An uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration, typically in a young child: he has temper tantrums if he can’t get his own way
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  • Fortunately the tantrum induced by this frustration made him sleepy and pretty soon he conked out.
  • The first time I ate there my husband's young nephew threw a tantrum.
  • In fact, they describe him as an extremely driven character prone to mood swings and temper tantrums as much as euphoria.
fit of temper, fit of rage, fit, outburst, pet, paroxysm, frenzy, bad mood, mood, huff, scene
informalhissy fit


Early 18th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with tantrum

Abram • panjandrum

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