Meaning of “trigger-happy” in the English Dictionary

british dictionary

"trigger-happy" in British English

See all translations

trigger-happyadjective

uk /ˈtrɪɡ.əˌhæp.i/ us /ˈtrɪɡ.ɚˌhæp.i/

informal Someone who is trigger-happy often uses his or her gun, shooting with very little reason:

Some have accused the police of being trigger-happy.

disapproving ready to use violence or force immediately, without careful thought:

He deplored the behaviour of his trigger-happy, hot-headed son.

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

"trigger-happy" in American English

See all translations

trigger-happyadjective

us /ˈtrɪɡ·ər ˌhæp·i/

too willing to use a gun

(Definition of “trigger-happy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)