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English definition of “ill-tempered”

ill-tempered

adjective     /ˌɪlˈtem.pəd/ US  /-pɚd/
formal easily annoyedBad-tempered If an occasion, such as a game, is ill-tempered, people get angry during it: An increasingly ill-tempered match saw three players sent off before half-time.Angry and displeasedBad-tempered
(Definition of ill-tempered adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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