American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Easily or quickly moved to anger; irascible.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a hasty temper; easily put out of temper.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a person who is easily angered, who is known to frequently lose his or her temper.
- adj. quickly aroused to anger
“The film then turns its attention to the Willingham case: of a perpetual ne'er-do-well, the father of a 3-year-old daughter and infant twins who was known as a short-tempered troublemaker.”
“The people who worked for me would tell me I was getting irritable and short-tempered, which is not my nature, but it was part of how the pain manifested.”
“Granted, he can be a tad, shall we say, short-tempered.”
“Our most famous Ralph remains a fictional, short-tempered Brooklyn bus driver who continually threatened to send his wife Alice to the moon.”
“Clark was a lanky general other men found to be short-tempered, aloof, and a publicity hound.”
“Command at Fort Cumberland deteriorated into ceaseless squabbling between the short-tempered Stephen and the stuffy Dagworthy.”
“It doesn't take a genius to figure out what happened, here: the cop responded to the call, confronted the prof, the prof took exception (probably tired and a bit short-tempered from his trip) to it as racist and got into it with the cop.”
“The closer they got, the more uneasy and short-tempered Max became.”
“Well do I know my own character negatives—bossy, impatient, reclusively shy, short-tempered, single-minded.”
“As soon as I realized my short-tempered mistake, I apologized and asked for what I wanted.”
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