nounNorth American • informal
- An angry outburst; a temper tantrum: I screamed and kicked the furniture and threw a hissy fitMore example sentences
- When the pranksters revealed their hoax on Tuesday, the TV reporters threw a major hissy fit, outraged at having been sucked in.
- While Russia expressed cautious support for the Franco-German initiative, the United States, predictably, threw a hissy fit.
- Just as business was picking up, however, a young lady approached us, read the sign, and promptly threw a hissy fit.
1930s (as hissy): perhaps from hysterics (see hysteric).