Share this entry

Share this page

testy

Line breaks: testy
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛsti
 
/

Definition of testy in English:

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

1
adverb
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

2
noun
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.

Definition of testy in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: prɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt
adjective
greater than others in power or influence