American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Chiefly British Easily offended or annoyed; ill-tempered or belligerent.
- adj. UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang Ornery, fractious, belligerent, or obstreperous, and hence difficult to deal with.
- adj. obstreperous.
- From obstropulous, obsolete slang for obstreperous. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps alteration of obstreperous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And getting stroppy is not going to work. on January 16, 2008 at 10: 10 am | Reply plod999”
“When I mentioned it, Cheryl got kind of stroppy, and moved us to another room which was like a coffee room or a public library - people everywhere!!!”
“Personally I would rather be termed offensive, rude or crass than "stroppy".”
“She also argued that descriptions of her as "stroppy" reflected a double standard in the treatment of male and female politicians.”
“Ms Smith did say, however, that she had been annoyed by being described as "stroppy" on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, adding she had never heard a man described as that.”
“Talking to the Evening Standard, Sally Bercow, 40, admitted drinking to excess most evenings, engaging in one-night stands and being "stroppy".”
“perhaps they should have sister establishment in Edinburgh called 'stroppy'!”
“The only course of action that I can see is for the parent to be able to impose their will on the stroppy teenager without fear of prosecution.”
“Incidentally the next time you have a stroppy patient who tries to stab you with your own scissors just get on with it, remember your softly, softly approach would apply to the police who would attend to resolve your problems in A+E.”
“A stroppy and stupid client, of whom the translation business has no shortage, might complain not only that it was inaccurate but that the translator had misread the ‘decenas’ as ‘docenas’.”
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