Definition of testy in English:

testy

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛsti
 
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adjective (testier, testiest)

Easily irritated; impatient and somewhat bad-tempered: his testy, disapproving father she could see him growing quite testy beneath that polished urbanity
More example sentences
  • He seems impatient with you, almost testy to the point of animosity.
  • Years later, the sacking still makes the normally placid Burt uncharacteristically testy, but he doesn't dwell on it.
  • The minute he is questioned, he becomes testy and defensive.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'headstrong, impetuous'): from Anglo-Norman French testif, from Old French teste 'head', from Latin testa 'shell'.

Derivatives

testily

adverb
More example sentences
  • In the year before his death he dealt somewhat testily with the whole matter in an interview with a journalist on the Courier-Mail.
  • ‘So did I,’ Lashana grumbled, glaring at Cris testily.
  • He rambles and manhandles the equipment, testily blaming newfangled technology when he has difficulty with basic tasks such as placing a compact disc in a player.

testiness

noun
More example sentences
  • One final note: my sincerest apologies to anybody I have offended or hurt with my testiness in the past couple of days.
  • The mild suggestion of boredom he affects can't disguise a hint of testiness.
  • Here Jim is warming up to that state of testiness he can be known for, though I'm unclear who he's directing his scorn at.

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