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  • adv. In the manner of someone who is testy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a testy manner; fretfully; peevishly; with petulance.

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

  • adv. in a petulant manner

Etymologies

testy +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Bird?” he called testily, starting to shuffle away.

    The Will

  • Sam blinked at his page, x-ed out one name testily, and put in the other.

    The Tiger in the Smoke

  • "Well, I know this," testily, "that I am not to be instructed as to the sort of person I can ask to my house."

    The Trumpeter Swan

  • Kim Howells, Labour foreign office minister, delivered a "stern message" to the Ghanaian government in October 2007 about its lack of co-operation and responded "testily" to a request from Ghana's interior minister for more scanning equipment, saying "if a 'criminal' is operating equipment, it is worthless,"

    The Guardian World News

  • "Th 'owd Parson!" testily; "I ha 'no patience wi' him.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's 1877

  • "Th 'owd parson!" testily; "I ha 'no patience wi' him.

    That Lass o' Lowrie's: A Lancashire Story

  • NEW ORLEANS -- The game, Nick Saban insisted rather testily the day before, was never about him.

    Nick Saban Leads Alabama To BCS Championship Over LSU

  • “What personal attacks?” he had asked testily, and not waiting for an answer demanded she identify “just one of my speeches or one of our ads that made a personal attack on Governor Morrison.”

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • China responded swiftly and testily to the developments on Capitol Hill, arguing that the move would contravene WTO rules and quite deliberately tweaking its currency lower.

    Global recovery's weakness raises possibility of trade war

  • "Quit it, delete it, cease it," Chauncey Delarouse admonished testily.

    THE PRINCESS

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  • I could not see what he did with the poles. I became irascible. I wanted to demand testily of him 'Account for your poles, sir!'

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    August 2, 2008