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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
References in classic literature ?
I never saw a more abject young man; he had not even the spirit to resent the testy stab I had given him with my umbrella.
Dear me, dear me,' replied a testy voice, 'I am very sorry for it, but what am I to do?
That pendulum's wrong; it is not properly weighted," suddenly said a somewhat testy voice at my shoulder.
Jos, a little testy about his father's misfortunes and unceremonious applications to him, was soothed down by the Major, who pointed out the elder's ill fortunes and old age.
Drive on, boys,' cried the testy old gentleman; 'don't waste any more time with that old idiot
cried the old gentleman, growing more and more testy at these glimpses of Clifford's metaphysics.
He did not see that he was teasing her, and he went on to wonder what would happen if God did exist--"an old gentleman in a beard and a long blue dressing gown, extremely testy and disagreeable as he's bound to be?
So that, frequently, when, after much trouble and toil, I had, at length, succeeded in bringing her down, the breakfast was nearly half over; and black looks from 'mamma,' and testy observations from 'papa,' spoken at me, if not to me, were sure to be my meed: for few things irritated the latter so much as want of punctuality at meal times.
He likes to have me near him: and though he is peevish and testy with his servants and his dogs, he is gentle and kind to me.
Now, sir,' said the testy Jeremiah; 'will it be agreeable to walk up-stairs?
Krook addresses a crazy little woman who is his female lodger, who appears and vanishes in a breath, who soon returns accompanied by a testy medical man brought from his dinner, with a broad, snuffy upper lip and a broad Scotch tongue.
Tentative plans for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to make his first visit to the White House to meet with President Trump were scuttled this week after a testy call between the two leaders ended in an impasse over Trump's promised border wall, according to U.