• WordNet 3.6
    • adv testily in a petulant manner; `Go away!'" "he said testily"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • testily In a testy manner; fretfully; peevishly; with petulance.
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In literature:

I pulled up and proposed to investigate, but Blenkiron very testily declined.
"Greenmantle" by John Buchan
I wonder you keep company with that man," replied Mrs Potter, testily; "he's for ever quarrelling with 'ee, John.
"The Story of the Rock" by R.M. Ballantyne
Of course there is no owl coming, so he shakes his head testily and half shuts his eyes.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893" by Various
He seemed to speak to his attendants testily.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Well, the Italians tore up the notes and told him testily to go about his business.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2" by Henry Baerlein
I spoke a little testily just this minute.
"Witness to the Deed" by George Manville Fenn
The miller broke in testily.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
So he went testily away, across the sea to Japan.
"Aino Folk-Tales" by Basil Hall Chamberlain
Marshal Cogswell looked at him testily.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Man," he exclaimed testily, "Joe, wi' all his smartness, would never have thought o' that in a thousand years.
"My Brave and Gallant Gentleman" by Robert Watson

In poetry:

Carlyle combined the lit'ry life
With throwing teacups at his wife,
Remarking, rather testily,
"Oh, stop your dodging, Mrs. C.!"
"Thomas Carlyle" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

"We went through it thoroughly yesterday," Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, said somewhat testily after being badgered recently about US Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident.