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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Chiefly British Ill-tempered; angry: "He saw how shirty she was about it” ( P.G. Wodehouse).

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  • adj. ill-tempered or annoyed.

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  • adj. (British informal) ill-tempered or annoyed

Etymologies

Probably from to get someone's shirt out, to annoy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Haha! I've heard chesty used this way too. :-)

    February 19, 2008

  • '"Look, son," the cop says. "There's no need to get all shirty with me."
    '"Shirty??"
    '"YES, shirty."
    'I quite like the word.' -the book I Am The Messenger, by Markus Zusak

    February 18, 2008

  • The only thing I love more than this word is the fact that it was on Buffy. I once won a bet with my Dad that "shirty" was a real word. Having read my Wodehouse I knew I was right. Ha!

    February 15, 2007

  • “He saw how shirty she was about it�? (P.G. Wodehouse)

    Etymology: Probably from to get someone's shirt out, to annoy, or to keep one's shirt on, to keep from being annoyed.

    February 15, 2007

  • Spike: That's fine. You don't have to get shirty about it.
    Buffy: I'm not shirty. And what is shirty? That's not even a word.
    - BtVS, "End of Days"

    January 22, 2007