Definition of testy in English:

testy

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛsti
 
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adjective (testier, testiest)

Derivatives

testily

adverb
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  • 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
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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