Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or caused by temperament.
  • adjective Excessively sensitive or irritable; moody.
  • adjective Likely to perform unpredictably; undependable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to temperament.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Of or pertaining to temperament; constitutional.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of, related to, or caused by temperament
  • adjective subject to changing and unpredictable emotional states; moody, capricious; sometimes used figuratively to describe user-unfriendly or unstable machines or software that are either complicated and/or have poorly written instructions and are subsequently difficult to operate.

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

  • adjective relating to or caused by temperament
  • adjective likely to perform unpredictably
  • adjective subject to sharply varying moods

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Reveka, honest and temperamental, is easily outmaneuvered, and so it is usually Reveka who joylessly plunks a silver tray on the coffee table and retreats in a sulk.

    Excerpt: A Death In Vienna by Daniel Silva

  • And yet there is a certain temperamental similarity, evident enough now, though it would not have been so a dozen years ago.

    Inside the Whale

  • There, he became known as a temperamental experimentalist, obsessive and fearless.

    NPR Topics: News

  • But the truth is that we’ve always had it; it’s just that it used to be called being a brat, and then it was called temperamental, and now it’s called something else.

    You Raising Your Child

  • But the truth is that we’ve always had it; it’s just that it used to be called being a brat, and then it was called temperamental, and now it’s called something else.

    You Raising Your Child

  • But the truth is that we’ve always had it; it’s just that it used to be called being a brat, and then it was called temperamental, and now it’s called something else.

    You Raising Your Child

  • But the truth is that we’ve always had it; it’s just that it used to be called being a brat, and then it was called temperamental, and now it’s called something else.

    You Raising Your Child

  • The main temperamental difference between Blair and Brown is that Blair really is/was a neo-Gladstonian, and there’s no sense of that kind of lofty paternalism in his approach to governance.

    Matthew Yglesias » “Pro-American”

  • Yaks are known to be temperamental, which is why I gave them plenty of respect even as I clamored closer for photographs.

    Lukla To Phakding » Dave Brosha Photography

  • CZ: You have been called temperamental, eccentric and tempestuous.

    Patricia Zohn: Off the C(H)uff: Zaha Hadid and Her MAXXI Museum in Rome

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  • That WeirdNet definition is so helpful.

    Maybe I'm just being temperamental....

    December 17, 2007

  • But it is undeniably correct :)

    December 17, 2007