from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Irritated, impatient, or exasperated; peevish: a testy cab driver; a testy refusal to help.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Easily annoyed, irritable.
- adj. Marked by impatience or ill humor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Fretful; peevish; petulant; easily irritated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Irritable; irascible; choleric; cross; petulant.
- Synonyms Pettish, touchy, waspish, snappish, peevish, splenetic, captious, peppery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. easily irritated or annoyed
She seems to think getting testy is that same as showing strength.
She comes back, a little testy: "Pollo is the Spanish word for CHICKEN!"
I especially loved the way she said "testy" - a defining Venetian characteristic
Mr. Benn described as testy an exchange of letters between the two leaders over the Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty.
There was only one moment where it approached 'testy' and I swear I saw a set of rolled eyeballs.
Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.) described the meeting as "testy," and Sen. John Thune (S.D.) called it a "lively discussion."
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), on the other hand, called the meeting "testy," while Sen. John Thune (R-S. D.) gave it the less conflictual title of a "lively discussion."
Roseanne Barr: Being hated and hunted and blamed for your own suffering makes people kind of testy, nervous, and on edge, and often fundamentalist and extreme.
I have to say that while I find her periodically "testy", shall we say, I dare say that I myself would be "testy" on a fairly regular basis were I working every day with the City Hall crowd.
As promised below, here's our longer post, with video, about ABC's report yesterday on Obama's allegedly "testy" exchange with a reporter in South Carolina. print share
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.