American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fit of bad temper. Also called regionally hissy2, hissy fit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A burst of ill humor; a display of temper; an ill-natured caprice.
- n. An often childish display or fit of bad temper.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Colloq. and archaic A whim; an affected air.
- n. A display of ill-humor, especially a demonstration of rage or frustration by shouting or violent physical movements, such as the stamping of feet; called also
temper tantrum. It is usually associated with children, but is sometimes seen in adults.
- n. A display of anger expressed by irrationally striking out at innocent targets or inanimate objects.
- n. a display of bad temper
- Unknown origin; since 1714. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The only one throwing up a tantrum is the guy who talks about the defeat and resurrection of the Russian Empire while talking about the decay and fall of an American Empire that was never born to begin with.”
“The end result of Mike Griffin's temper tantrum is to further deepen the depression and morale problems of those who work there.”
“Because for me, frankly, I don't care how deep in tantrum territory you and your little brain are, hitting is never acceptable.”
“These tea baggers remind me of a child having a temper tantrum … at first when the tantrum is ignored it gets worse then stops altogether.”
“As we have just seen, a party of temper tantrum is just as useful as having no opposition at all.”
“I suppose a grown man throwing a temper tantrum is still a temper tantrum.”
“They want what they want -- banning abortion, prayer in schools, marginalizing gays and lesbians -- and if they don't get it, the tantrum is going to be terrific.”
“Adults whose first anxious thought, in the middle of a toddler's tantrum, is to control their own reactions?”
“This little temper tantrum is all about me hating the complacency of my life but not having the will to actually do anything to rectify the situation.”
“I think my favorite part of this tantrum is the aggrieved “now you’ve done it” bit.”
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