Definition of ill-tempered in English:
Irritable or grumpy.
- My dad was usually a passive-aggressive person, only when my mother pushed certain buttons did he tend to get irritated and ill-tempered.
- All the indicators pointed towards a decent game of football although the game's early spell was fractious and ill-tempered.
- His problem was rather the reverse, namely that he became aggressive, ill-tempered and moody.
irritable, irascible, tetchy, testy, crotchety, touchy, crusty, thin-skinned, scratchy, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, peevish, fractious, waspish, shrewish, prickly, peppery, sharp, pettish;
grumpy, grouchy, crabbed, crabby, disagreeable, volatile, splenetic, dyspeptic, choleric, bilious, liverish, cross-grained
Australian/New Zealand informal snaky
- Example sentences
- But he should have discussed the problem with me, instead of ill-temperedly announcing a decision.