Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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  • adverb In the manner of someone who is testy.

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  • adverb in a petulant manner

Etymologies

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testy +‎ -ly

Examples

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

    The Will

  • “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

  • 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

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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