• WordNet 3.6
    • n testiness feeling easily irritated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Testiness The quality or state of being testy; fretfulness; petulance. "Testiness is a disposition or aptness to be angry."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n testiness The state or character of being testy; irascibility; petulance.
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  • Thomas Fuller
    “Never contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy, or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of argument.”


In literature:

Waxing testy, he wrenched himself round, and in so doing kicked out somewhat impatiently.
"The Battery and the Boiler" by R.M. Ballantyne
They were at once admitted to the presence of the testy old Hitchin, who chanced to be smoking a pipe at the time.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
A playful mood would often follow the testy humor.
"Wood Folk at School" by William J. Long
I felt testy, as if from a personal injury.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Opposite to him sat his testy friend, Isaac Dorkin, pulling the stroke oar.
"The Story of the Rock" by R.M. Ballantyne
With a testy gesture he pushed back his chair and looked rather frowningly on the presumptuous parson.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
The boy was late getting back to the office, and Whimple was testy.
"William Adolphus Turnpike" by William Banks
But hitherto he had found none to answer his challenge, and his humour was testy.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
But Harry was accustomed to his father's abrupt ways and gave no heed to the testiness of the query.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
Going in a hurry, or in a testy humour.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

But, when he came to know me well,
He kicked me out, her testy Sire:
And when I stained my hair, that Belle
Might note the change and this admire
"Theme With Variations" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Testy times ahead in Palmetto rivalry.
And it's never been this big - or this testy.
And it's never been this big -- or this testy.
I had a pretty testy discussion the other day with an old acquaintance over the Trans Texas Corridor and the Loop 9 initiative for Ellis County.
BOSTON — There was a big media crowd at Governor Patrick's press availability this morning, and it's safe to say that most of us thought things might get testy.
Harbaugh and Tomlin share testy handshake.
Rand Paul Stays Vague About Spending Cuts, Gets Testy With Spitzer.
Debate sparring gets testy, if not tasty.
Thompson, Baldwin wrangle over health care, economy in testy debate.
Video of Justin Bieber getting a bit testy with Beliebers while waiting for girlfriend Selena Gomez at the Toronto airport a few days ago has surfaced.
Logger has close encounter with testy moose.
And it's never been this big — or this testy .
Getting Testy & Ready to Rumble.
Testy times ahead in Palmetto rivalry.
Gordon gets testy in Poestenkill.

In science:

Very close to high-mass stars, photo-ionization plays an additional role, as the detection of CO+ and SO+ toward AFGL 2591 testifies (St¨auber et al. 2005).
The chemistry of high-mass star formation
This testifies the high sensitivity reached by these methods and points to the interest in the value of the bias parameter σ8 ). (3) The effective number of neutrinos at nucleosynthesis time is 3±2, when extracted from deuterium abundance, or 2.4±0.7, when extracted from helium abundance.
Theory of Neutrinos: A White Paper
Benedettini M., Molinari S., Testi L., and Noriega-Crespo A. (2004) Mon.
Molecular Outflows in Low- and High-Mass Star Forming Regions
Magnetic reconnection, although thought to be bursty in the magnetosphere and in solar flares, can also occur as a large-scale process, as an X-line extending over 350 Earth radii, as testified by the detection with three spacecraft (Phan et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
He testifies that a tight unit testing approach (using JUN I T) has been undertaken, with test cases being written either just before (test-driven) or just after the corresponding production code.
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites