• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ill-tempered annoyed and irritable
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ill-tempered Of bad temper; grouchy; morose; crabbed; sour; peevish; fretful; quarrelsome.
    • Ill-tempered Unhealthy; ill-conditioned. "So ill-tempered I am grown, that I am afraid I shall catch cold, while all the world is afraid to melt away."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ill-tempered Distempered; disordered.
    • ill-tempered Having a bad temper; morose; crabbed; petulant; surly; cross.
    • ill-tempered Synonyms See ill-natured.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ill-tempered having a bad temper: morose: fretful:
    • Ill-tempered (Shak.) disordered
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  • Hannah More
    “Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Ice. illr, a contraction of the word which appears in A.S. yfel, evil.


In literature:

Ill-temper cannot hide itself under the simper of assumed amiability.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. July, 1863, No. LXIX." by Various
Howat's ill temper arose.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
He was become querulous and ill-tempered.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
It is doubtful, also, if he were seriously concerned about the ill-temper of the emperors of the East.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 4" by Various
His ill temper came near getting the better of him however, when Katherine insisted upon staying too.
"Mr. Pat's Little Girl" by Mary F. Leonard
But her native temper made her quiver to take him and shake some sense in him, whether he were ill or not.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Nothing drives them away like ill-temper or anger.
"The Cuckoo Clock" by Mrs. Molesworth
The elephants are very tractable and clever, while the oxen are stupid, ill tempered, and hard to manage.
"The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 28, May 20, 1897" by Various
Dinner over, Lionel went up to his wife, who was keeping her room, partly from temper, partly from illness.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Such a claim is as ill-suited to our temper and wishes as it is unsupported by any appearance of authority.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke

In poetry:

Since then, I temper so my song
That it may never speak for blood;
May never say that ill is good;
Or say that right may spring from wrong:
"In After Days" by George Frederick Cameron
They'd better bi hawf have a hump o' ther rig,
Or be favvor'd as ill as old Flew;
If ther temper is sweet, chaps 'll net care a fig,
Tho' his wife may have one ee or two.
"What It Comes To" by John Hartley
See! on yon board is their banquet spread,
Coarse broken remnants of mouldy bread;
No cheerful flame in the fire-place bare
To temper the cold of the biting air,
Or the chill of the snow on the rotting floor,
Drifting beneath the ill-closed door.
"Rich And Poor" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

I continue to get heat from Chomsky supporters for my (yes, ill-tempered) post the other day.
An ill-tempered, sometimes violent husband and his despairing wife.
The "Grumpy Old Men" (played by Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Burgess Meredith) made us laugh, but those ill-tempered characters weren't doing themselves any favors.
Gas lines, ill-tempered drivers plague Long Island after Sandy.
INTERVIEWS Hear Sleepies' Ill-Tempered 'Combat' Single.
Ill-tempered Broncos get a little too physical at training camp.
The column gods smiled, for instance, when Michael Delesdernier chose to copy his latest ill-tempered and illiterate email to the Times-Picayune.
LONDON (AP) — UEFA imposed heavy sanctions on Serbia on Thursday for an on-pitch brawl and its fans' racial abuse of England players at an ill-tempered under-21s match.
Rather than the measured analysis of a historian, this book offers a detailed description of the always colorful, never dull and often ill-tempered Churchill in roaring action.
I think what "End of My Rope" (May 3) may have failed to say is that she's tired of sacrificing her own life to care for her ill-tempered, terminally ill husband.
Hatcher , 42 years, of Temperance, Mich. July 19, 2011, in St Vincent Mercy Medical Center after a short illness.
So says Bill Murray in Scrooged, playing ill-tempered TV executive Frank Cross, after suffering through a series of bad promo spots.
INTERVIEWS Hear Sleepies' Ill- Tempered 'Combat' Single.
Ill- tempered Broncos get a little too physical at training camp.