Definition of quick-tempered in English:



  • Easily made angry.

    • ‘Of course, we have fights, but he is genuinely quick-tempered so it's over before it's begun.’
    • ‘You can tick many of the usual boxes with Rankin's Edinburgh detective: loner, divorced, quick-tempered, a maverick and a boozer - a tick for every one.’
    • ‘In between times, he'd also made it to the chief executive's post at publishing giant Reed Elsevier, where his quick-tempered reputation had begun to establish itself.’
    • ‘He is self-important, quick-tempered, duplicitous and vicious.’
    • ‘He was a man's man, a hard-drinking, argumentative, creative, quick-tempered, irascible, huggy bear of a gent, Texas big in his concepts and his audacity, appropriate for a guy named Texas.’
    • ‘Henry III, though undeniably pious, could also be sharp-tongued and quick-tempered - he is recorded as tearing up the clothes of one of his court jesters, and throwing another into the Thames.’
    • ‘We aren't talking about his usual surly demeanour, quick-tempered nature, or impromptu tours to folks lounging around in shelters.’
    • ‘Please don't be capricious and quick-tempered any more.’
    • ‘He was distant, quick-tempered, with a slight hunch in his back.’
    • ‘Though critics saw him as quick-tempered, harsh, abrupt, and arbitrary, practically everyone recognized his genius as a chief of staff.’
    • ‘Our mother, being quick-tempered, often resorted to caning as a form of discipline.’
    • ‘A quick-tempered man will react more aggressively to an unpleasing situation than a placid one.’
    • ‘Although Su is a quick-tempered person, he targets the problem itself, not the people who created it.’
    • ‘David and Lyuba were like ice and water: He was a composed and restrained person, and never raised his voice; she was a bundle of energy, quick-tempered and excitable.’
    • ‘Their unpredictable disposition-timid, yet also quick-tempered and dangerous-was sometimes characteristic of bear clan members.’
    • ‘A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.’
    • ‘Questions included whether study participants considered themselves quick-tempered or whether they felt like hitting someone when they got angry.’
    • ‘Although beautiful, she is quick-tempered and spoiled.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the play, we see Lear as a proud, vain, quick-tempered old king, not necessarily evil, but certainly not good.’
    • ‘Here we meet a feisty, diminutive, quick-tempered Paul that few of us would gladly welcome in the seat next to us on a long airplane flight.’
    irritable, irascible, hot-tempered, short-tempered, fiery, touchy, volatile
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