1. an irritable petulant feeling (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑crossness, ↑fretfulness, ↑fussiness, ↑peevishness, ↑petulance, ↑choler
Derivationally related forms: ↑petulant (for: ↑petulance), ↑peevish (for: ↑peevishness), ↑fussy (for: ↑fussiness), ↑fretful (for: ↑fretfulness), ↑irritable
Hypernyms: ↑ill humor, ↑ill humour, ↑distemper
Hyponyms: ↑testiness, ↑touchiness, ↑tetchiness, ↑pet
2. a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger

his temper was well known to all his employees

Derivationally related forms: ↑surly (for: ↑surliness), ↑snappish (for: ↑snappishness), ↑pettish (for: ↑pettishness), ↑irritable, ↑temper (for: ↑temper)
Hypernyms: ↑ill nature
Hyponyms: ↑querulousness
3. excessive sensitivity of an organ or body part
Syn: ↑excitability
Derivationally related forms: ↑irritable
Hypernyms: ↑responsiveness, ↑reactivity

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