testy

  • 1 Testy — Tes ty, a. [Compar. {Testier}; superl. {Testiest}.] [OF. testu obstinate, headstrong, F. t[^e]tu, fr. OF. teste the head, F. t[^e]te. See {Test} a cupel.] Fretful; peevish; petulant; easily irritated. [1913 Webster] Must I observe you? must I… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 testy — index fractious, perverse, petulant, querulous, spiteful Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3 testy — c.1500, impetuous, rash, from M.E. testif headstrong (late 14c.), from Anglo Fr. testif, from O.Fr. testu stubborn, lit. heady, from teste head, from L.L. testa skull, in L. pot, shell (see TESTER (Cf. tester) (2)). Meaning …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 testy — *irascible, choleric, splenetic, touchy, cranky, cross Analogous words: *irritable, peevish, snappish, waspish: hasty, sud den, impetuous (see PRECIPITATE): captious, carping, caviling, faultfinding (see CRITICAL) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 testy — [adj] irritable, touchy annoyed, badtempered, cantankerous, captious, choleric, crabbed, cranky*, cross, crotchety, edgy, exasperated, fretful, grouchy, grumpy*, impatient, irascible, mean, ornery*, out of sorts, peevish, peppery, petulant,… …

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  • 6 testy — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ easily irritated; irritable. DERIVATIVES testily adverb testiness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «headstrong, impetuous»: from Old French teste head …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 testy — [tes′tē] adj. testier, testiest [ME testif < Anglo Fr < OFr teste, the head < L testa: see TEST1] irritable; touchy; peevish testily adv. testiness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 testy- — see testi …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 9 testy — tes|ty [ˈtesti] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Anglo French; Origin: testif determined to do what you want , from Old French teste head ] impatient and easily annoyed = ↑irritable ▪ testy remarks ▪ It had been a long day, and Sarah was getting a little… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 testy — [14] Testy means etymologically ‘heady’. It was borrowed from Anglo Norman testif, a derivative of Old French teste ‘head’ (ancestor of modern French tête). This in turn went back to Latin testa ‘tile, earthenware pot’ (a relative of testum, from …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 11 testy — [[t]te̱sti[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If you describe someone as testy, you mean that they easily become impatient or angry. [mainly LITERARY] Ben s getting a little testy in his old age. Syn: crotchety Derived words: testily ADV GRADED ADV… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 testy — adjective impatient and easily annoyed; irritable: a testy old man | testy remarks testily adverb: “You can t!” Ralph interrupted him testily. testiness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 testy — UK [ˈtestɪ] / US adjective Word forms testy : adjective testy comparative testier superlative testiest easily annoyed and impatient Derived word: testily adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 14 testy — tes•ty [[t]ˈtɛs ti[/t]] adj. ti•er, ti•est irritably impatient; touchy: a testy mood; a testy reply[/ex] • Etymology: 1325–75; ME testi(f) headstrong < AF. See test II, ive tes′ti•ly, adv. tes′ti•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 testy — [14] Testy means etymologically ‘heady’. It was borrowed from Anglo Norman testif, a derivative of Old French teste ‘head’ (ancestor of modern French tête). This in turn went back to Latin testa ‘tile, earthenware pot’ (a relative of testum, from …

    Word origins

  • 16 testy — adjective (testier; est) Etymology: Middle English testif, from Anglo French, headstrong, from teste head more at tester Date: 1523 1. easily annoyed ; irritable 2. marked by impatience or ill humor < testy remarks > • testily …

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  • 17 testy — adjective what s made you so testy today? Syn: irritable, tetchy, cranky, ornery, cantankerous, irascible, bad tempered, grumpy, grouchy, crotchety, petulant, crabby, crusty, curmudgeonly, ill tempered, ill humored, peevish, cross …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 testy — /ˈtɛsti / (say testee) adjective (testier, testiest) irritably impatient; touchy: *he backed into the sliprails and put both himself and his rider in a thoroughly testy frame of mind before they even started. –nourma handford, 1953. {Middle… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 Testy — See also *Testicle …

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  • 20 testy — testily, adv. testiness, n. /tes tee/, adj., testier, testiest. irritably impatient; touchy. [1325 75; late ME testi, alter. of MF testu headstrong; r. ME testif < MF. See TEST2, IVE] Syn. tetchy, edgy, snappish, cross, irascible. See irritable.… …

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