Meaning of tantrum in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtantrəm/

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  • An uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration, typically in a young child.

    ‘he has temper tantrums if he can't get his own way’
    • ‘Fortunately the tantrum induced by this frustration made him sleepy and pretty soon he conked out.’
    • ‘The first time I ate there my husband's young nephew threw a tantrum.’
    • ‘In fact, they describe him as an extremely driven character prone to mood swings and temper tantrums as much as euphoria.’
    • ‘When my son was younger and had a temper tantrum, I found the simplest methods were best.’
    • ‘They have more temper tantrums and mood swings and refuse any kind of authority!’
    • ‘When he was two, my younger son had a set of tantrums that are etched in my mind.’
    • ‘Temper tantrums in up to a quarter of young children could be caused by food colourings added to popular brands.’
    • ‘He was known for his tantrums and fits, and his anger was usually known before he was.’
    • ‘Some kids act up or throw tantrums, while some develop physical symptoms such as headaches or insomnia.’
    • ‘Do the rest of Scotland really care about who owns the newspapers they buy, and are readers interested in the tantrums of editors?’
    • ‘They have no comprehension of the social codes that govern the rest of us, and may touch inappropriately or throw tantrums.’
    • ‘Let them know that their childish tantrums will get them nowhere.’
    • ‘We strolled around watching kiddies throw tantrums and people screaming on roller coasters.’
    • ‘Participants will learn methods and strategies to deal with sibling fighting and tantrums.’
    • ‘Experts also say that it helps to reduce tantrums and improves the relationship between parents and their children.’
    • ‘I used to be big on temper tantrums as a child, and some skills are forever.’
    • ‘He shrugged - he's a very nonchalant man, unperturbed by tantrums and certainly not prone to them.’
    • ‘When he does not like what is happening, he either sulks or throws tantrums.’
    • ‘I expected tantrums, but he took it well - exacting his revenge merely by giving me all my change in coins.’
    • ‘She died from a ruptured blood vessel in the brain caused by tantrums she threw every night for one week.’
    fit of temper, fit of rage, fit of pique, fit, outburst, flare-up, blow-up, pet, paroxysm, frenzy, bad mood, mood, huff, scene
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Early 18th century of unknown origin.