• WordNet 3.6
    • adj testy easily irritated or annoyed "an incorrigibly fractious young man","not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Testy Fretful; peevish; petulant; easily irritated. "Must I observe you? must I stand and crouch
      Under your testy humor?"
      "I was displeased with myself; I was testy ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • testy Irritable; irascible; choleric; cross; petulant.
    • testy Synonyms Pettish, touchy, waspish, snappish, peevish, splenetic, captious, peppery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Testy tes′ti heady: easily irritated: fretful: peevish
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. testu, obstinate, headstrong, F. têtu, fr. OF. teste, the head, F. tête,. See Test a cupel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From O. Fr. teste (Fr. tête), the head.


In literature:

His voice was a little testy to conceal his apprehensions.
"Married Life" by May Edginton
Her father was a testy old country gentleman, very irritable and obstinate.
"Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton, B. A. Of Trinity College, Cambridge" by Arthur Christopher Benson
That lady, disturbed from her afternoon slumber, was inclined to be testy.
"Adrien Leroy" by Charles Garvice
Few words were uttered, for Martha was hot, and rather testy; and Stephen felt a sullen weight hanging upon his spirits.
"Fern's Hollow" by Hesba Stretton
She found a testy little company.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
The lady of honor with affected testiness addressed the Sleeping Beauty.
"Everychild" by Louis Dodge
Maurice Oakley was perhaps a shade more distrustful of his servants, and consequently more testy with them.
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
He is jealous and testy.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
Soa Chairley an' Testy went hooam, an t'next morning they started aght hawkin, but it wor th' warst days bizniss he ivver had.
"Yorksher Puddin'" by John Hartley
Testes large, ovoid, granular; length of left testis 11.0 mm.
"Descriptions of New Hylid Frogs From Mexico and Central America" by William E. Duellman

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:

Writer's block has made Pig more than a little testy.
After testy exchanges rules committee approves same day rule for Boehner bill.
After increasingly testy filings in US District Court in Portland, lawyers for a set of Oregon National Guard soldiers and for defense contractor KBR Inc return to court this week for two days of hearings.
Testy Air Passenger Loses Argument, Then Federal Case.
Dimon gets testy for the first time in the hearing.
His testy relationship with the Country Music Association went back years.
And it's never been this big — or this testy.
Obama, Romney take testy tone in debate 3 weeks before election.
Testy Bieber Hangs Up On Radio Host.
And it's never been this big - or this testy .
Voter Photo ID Debate Gets Testy .
Struggling 'Hoos, upstart Terps set to renew testy rivalry.
Viral Video Shows Mitt Romney Testy on Mormonism.
Greatest Golf chatter gets a little testy .
'Fiscal cliff' discussion turns testy .

In science:

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
Andrews & Williams, 2005) but mm- to cm-size particles are observed (Testi et al., 2003; Wilner et al., 2005; Rodman et al., 2006), so Takeuchi et al. (2005) concluded that some additional effect, such as grain growth or a reduced radial drift veocity, must slow the decline in the mm grain population.
From discs to planetesimals I: evolution of gas and dust discs
This is also testified by a letter to his uncle Quirino , who constantly pressed Ma jorana for theoretical explanations of his own experiments .
Ettore Majorana and his heritage seventy years later
In view of this position, he proposed some academic courses at the University of Rome, as testified by the programs of three courses he would have given between 1933 and 1937 .
Ettore Majorana and his heritage seventy years later
Indeed, the mere Mid-IR excess testifies that the hard X-ray photons Compton-heat electrons in the ISM, which share their energy with gas and dust, and eventually dust radiates most of this energy away in the Mid- and Far-IR.
Witnessing Galaxy-SMBH Co-Evolution at Redshift ~ 2