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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.
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Noun1.testiness - feeling easily irritatedtestiness - feeling easily irritated    


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References in classic literature ?
She often chose this task, in which she found some pleasure, notwithstanding the old man's testiness whenever he demanded her attentions.
The lodger, in the testiness of being so rudely roused, had pushed his nightcap very much on one side of his bald head.
And the old gentleman looked a trifle ashamed of his own testiness.
Certainly--of course I did," he returned, with the sudden testiness of disturbed abstraction.
Mighty fine certainly,' said Ralph, with great testiness.
As can be seen in the examples above, many of these glossing phrases project meaningful information that contributes to the portrayal of Ralph Nickleby; other glossing phrases found with say are carelessly, drily, in his harshest accents, irascibly, looking sharply at them by turns, looking fearfully round, menacing him, roughly enough, scowling round, tartly, testily or with great testiness, among others.
Editors at news outlets report upticks in both the number of letters they're receiving and in the testiness of the sentiments.
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The Unmarried Mother's own testiness speaks of a man ready for a fight.
The testiness of this exchange is probably top 10 that I've ever seen in the world of pharmaceuticals,'' said WBB Securities LLC President Stephen Brozak, who's been following the industry for 25 years.
Through sharing thoughts, memories, desires, complaints, and whimsies, the personal essayist sets up a relationship with the reader, a dialogue--a friendship, if you will, based on identification, understanding, testiness, and companionship.
China is learning this while navigating the growing testiness in its relations with leading economies in Africa.