Meaning of “temper” in the English Dictionary

"temper" in British English

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uk /ˈtem.pər/ us /ˈtem.pɚ/

B2 [ C often singular ] the tendency to become angry very quickly:

She has a real temper.
He's got a really bad temper.
lose your temper

B2 to suddenly become angry:

The children behaved so badly that I lost my temper.
keep your temper

C2 to succeed in staying calm and not becoming angry:

I found it hard to keep my temper with so many things going wrong.
be in a bad, foul, etc. temper

to be feeling angry:

I'd stay away from her if I were you - she's in a foul temper.

[ S or U ] formal or literary mood or emotional state:

He appears to be a man of calm and even temper.

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temperverb [ T ]

uk /ˈtem.pər/ us /ˈtem.pɚ/

(Definition of “temper” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"temper" in American English

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tempernoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈtem·pər/

temper noun [ C/U ] (STATE)

the state of your mind or feelings:

[ C ] John has a bad temper.

Temper is also strong emotion, esp. anger:

[ U ] a fit of temper
[ C ] You need to learn to control your temper.

A temper tantrum is a sudden show of great anger.

temperverb [ T ]

us /ˈtem·pər/

temper verb [ T ] (LESSEN)

to lessen the force or effect of something:

Perhaps you should temper your language.

(Definition of “temper” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)