bad-tem|pered [ ,bæd `tempərd ] adjective *
someone who is bad-tempered easily becomes annoyed or angry
a. used about people's behavior:
He gave her a bad-tempered scowl.
b. used about situations or events where people behave in a bad-tempered way:
a bad-tempered debate/game

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • bad-tempered — /bad tem peuhrd/, adj. cross; cranky; surly; ill tempered: a bad tempered person. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • bad-tempered — [bad′tem΄pərd] adj. having a bad temper or cranky disposition; irritable …   English World dictionary

  • bad-tempered — index fractious, perverse, petulant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bad-tempered — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ easily angered …   English terms dictionary

  • bad-tempered — adj. having a bad temper; irritable; easily annoyed. Derivatives: bad temperedly adv. * * * adj [more bad tempered; most bad tempered] : easily annoyed or angered : ↑ill tempered a bad tempered old man * * * ˌbad ˈtempered [bad tempered] …   Useful english dictionary

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  • bad-tempered — ADJ GRADED Someone who is bad tempered is not very cheerful and gets angry easily. When his headaches developed Nick became bad tempered and even violent... They walked in bad tempered silence. Syn: irritable …   English dictionary

  • bad-tempered — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, seem, sound ▪ become, grow ▪ make sb ▪ It is his illness that makes him bad temper …   Collocations dictionary

  • bad-tempered — adjective Of or pertaining to bad temper; showing anger. His bad tempered outburst caught his friends by surprise …   Wiktionary

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