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tes·ty

 (tĕs′tē)
adj. tes·ti·er, tes·ti·est
Irritated, impatient, or exasperated; peevish: a testy cab driver; a testy refusal to help.

[Alteration of Middle English testif, headstrong, alteration (influenced by Middle English -if, variant of -ive, -ive, as in natif, native) of Old French testu, from Old French teste, head, from Late Latin testa, skull; see teston.]

tes′ti·ly adv.
tes′ti·ness n.

testy

(ˈtɛstɪ)
adj, -tier or -tiest
irritable or touchy
[C14: from Anglo-Norman testif headstrong, from Old French teste head, from Late Latin testa skull, from Latin: shell]
ˈtestily adv
ˈtestiness n

tes•ty

(ˈtɛs ti)

adj. -ti•er, -ti•est.
irritably impatient; touchy: a testy mood; a testy reply.
[1325–75; Middle English testi(f) headstrong < Anglo-French. See test2, -ive]
tes′ti•ly, adv.
tes′ti•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.testy - easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

testy

testy

adjective
Translations

testy

[ˈtestɪ] ADJ (testier (compar) (testiest (superl))) [person] → irritable; [reply] → irritado

testy

[ˈtɛsti] adj [person] → irritable

testy

adj (+er)unwirsch, gereizt

testy

[ˈtɛstɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (impatient, person) → irritabile; (remark) → stizzoso/a
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