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Meaning of “temperamental” in the English Dictionary

"temperamental" in British English

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uk   /ˌtem.pər.əˈmen.təl/ /-prə-/  us   /-pɚ.əˈmen.t̬əl/
  • temperamental adjective (PERSON)

A tempermental ​person is someone whose ​mood often ​changes very ​suddenly: Be ​careful how you ​approach her - she's very temperamental. caused by ​your own ​character and ​feelings: There are temperamental ​similarities between the ​brothers.
  • temperamental adjective (MACHINE)

informal A temperamental ​machine sometimes ​works and sometimes does not: You have to ​treatourDVDplayer very ​carefully - it's ​old and temperamental.
adverb uk   us   /-i/
(Definition of temperamental from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"temperamental" in American English

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temperamentaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˌtem·prəˈmen·təl/
expressive of ​youremotionalcharacter: a temperamental ​young man If a ​machine is temperamental, it sometimes ​works and sometimes does not: Our ​VCR can be temperamental.
(Definition of temperamental from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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