Translation of temper in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈtempər; ˈtempə(r)/


  • 1 1.1 (no plural/sin plural) (mood) humor (masculine); (temperament, disposition) carácter (masculine), genio (masculine) to be in a good/bad temper estar* de buen/mal humor or genio to be in a filthy o foul temper estar* de un humor de perros to have an even temper tener* muy buen carácter or genio to have a quick temper tener* el genio vivo or pronto, ser* una polvorilla [colloquial/familiar] to have a vicious o terrible temper tener* muy mal carácter or genio you'll have to learn to watch o control your temper vas a tener que aprender a controlar tu mal genio my temper got the better of me perdí los estribos temper, temper! ¡qué geniecito! [colloquial/familiar]
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    • Gabe stalked over to the weapons rack and pulled down two wooden staves, in a bad temper because his preferred sword hadn't been chosen.
    • Her temper was sweet and calm, much like a sheep's, until she had a blade in her hand, and then she was as quick and merciless as a she-wolf.
    • His temper had not calmed from his earlier encounter with the Johnson twins.
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    • He tends to karate kick the office partition when he's in a temper.
    • Molly stamps her foot in a temper.
    • I have a tendency toward being a bit of a nag to Chris, and I guess I put him in a temper.
    1.2 c and u (rage) to be in a temper estar* furioso or hecho una furia, estar* con el genio atravesado [colloquial/familiar] to fly into a temper ponerse* furioso or como una fiera, montar en cólera [formal] a fit of temper un ataque de furia 1.3 c and u (composure) to lose one's temper perder* los estribos to keep one's temper no perder* la calma or los estribos tempers frayed as the meeting wore on los ánimos se fueron caldeando a medida que la reunión se prolongaba
  • 2 uncountable/no numerable (of metal) temple (masculine)
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    • In this connection it is well known that molybdenum additions to Ni-Cr steels can eliminate temper embrittlement.
    • The resistance to atmospheric corrosion is improved and copper steels can be temper hardened.
    • Alloys in the T4 temper are susceptible to room-temperature aging.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (moderate) [criticism] atenuar*, suavizar*; [enjoyment] empañar the long wait had not tempered their enthusiasm la larga espera no había disminuido su entusiasmo

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