- 1(Of a person) liable to unreasonable changes of mood: a temperamental film star • figurative a temperamental engine that had a way of conking out when put in gearMore example sentences
volatile, excitable, emotional, overemotional, mercurial, capricious, erratic, unpredictable, changeable, inconsistent, unstable, hot-headed, fiery, explosive, hot-tempered, short-tempered, quick-tempered, irritable, irascible, impatient, petulant, prima donna-ish, melodramatic; touchy, moody, sensitive, oversensitive, hypersensitive, highly strung, neurotic, easily upset• informal on a short fuse
- Tina bit her lip, wondering what kind of a mood her temperamental friend was in.
- He might be a volatile, temperamental person but, she did not think that he was actually dangerous.
- Her character is a fiery, temperamental woman who likes to get her own way.
- 2Relating to a person’s temperament: they were firm friends in spite of temperamental differencesMore example sentences
- And there are temperamental differences among children.
- And these religious temperamental differences of course, they're very much prominent in their literary output and their way of life.
- Any mother of more than one child can see temperamental differences in her offspring almost from the moment of birth, qualities which only become more pronounced as her children age.
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- I feel very strongly that I belong to Scotland, I'm temperamentally Scots by character and by commitment.
- My brief assignments in corporate offices have not been entirely comfortable; temperamentally I am a hands-on man who likes to see the results of initiatives actually work on the ground.
- And if you put two or three people in one group who are all temperamentally incompatible, then I am pretty sure it would affect their performance.