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Meaning of “temper” in the English Dictionary

"temper" in British English

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tempernoun

uk   /ˈtem.pər/  us   /-pɚ/
B2 [C often singular] the ​tendency to ​becomeangry very ​quickly: She has a ​real temper. He's got a really ​bad temper.lose your temper B2 to ​suddenlybecomeangry: The ​childrenbehaved so ​badly that I ​lost my temper.keep your temper C2 to ​succeed in ​stayingcalm and not ​becomingangry: I ​found it hard to ​keep my temper with so many things going ​wrong.be in a bad, foul, etc. temper to be ​feelingangry: I'd ​stay away from her if I were you - she's in a ​foul temper. [S or U] formal or literary mood or ​emotionalstate: He ​appears to be a man of ​calm and ​even temper.

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temperverb [T]

uk   /ˈtem.pər/  us   /-pɚ/
(Definition of temper from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tempernoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈtem·pər/
  • temper noun [C/U] (STATE)

the ​state of ​yourmind or ​feelings: [C] John has a ​bad temper. Temper is also ​strongemotion, esp. ​anger: [U] a ​fit of temper [C] You need to ​learn to ​controlyour temper. A temper ​tantrum is a ​sudden show of ​greatanger.

temperverb [T]

 us   /ˈtem·pər/
  • temper verb [T] (LESSEN)

to ​lessen the ​force or ​effect of something: Perhaps you should temper ​yourlanguage.
(Definition of temper from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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