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Definition of bad-tempered in English:

adjective

1Easily annoyed or made angry: seldom has there been a more naughty and bad-tempered child
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
informal snappish, snappy, chippy, on a short fuse, short-fused
British informal shirty, stroppy, narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore head
North American informal cranky, ornery, peckish, soreheaded
Australian/New Zealand informal snaky
informal , dated waxy, miffy
1.1Characterized by anger: a bad-tempered match
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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.

Derivatives

bad-temperedly

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adverb
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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