from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a bad temper; irritable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Distempered; disordered.
  • Having a bad temper; morose; crabbed; petulant; surly; cross.
  • Synonyms See ill-natured.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of bad temper; grouchy; morose; crabbed; sour; peevish; fretful; quarrelsome.
  • adjective obsolete Unhealthy; ill-conditioned.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having ill temper; being in a bad mood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective annoyed and irritable


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