Testiest
Testy Tes"ty, a. [Compar. {Testier}; superl. {Testiest}.] [OF. testu obstinate, headstrong, F. t[^e]tu, fr. OF. teste the head, F. t[^e]te. See {Test} a cupel.] Fretful; peevish; petulant; easily irritated. [1913 Webster]

Must I observe you? must I stand and crouch Under your testy humor? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I was displeased with myself; I was testy. --Latimer. [1913 Webster]


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  • testiest — tes·ty || testɪ adj. angry, enraged, short tempered, irritable …   English contemporary dictionary

  • testiest — superlative of testy …   Useful english dictionary

  • Testier — Testy Tes ty, a. [Compar. {Testier}; superl. {Testiest}.] [OF. testu obstinate, headstrong, F. t[^e]tu, fr. OF. teste the head, F. t[^e]te. See {Test} a cupel.] Fretful; peevish; petulant; easily irritated. [1913 Webster] Must I observe you? must …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Testy — Tes ty, a. [Compar. {Testier}; superl. {Testiest}.] [OF. testu obstinate, headstrong, F. t[^e]tu, fr. OF. teste the head, F. t[^e]te. See {Test} a cupel.] Fretful; peevish; petulant; easily irritated. [1913 Webster] Must I observe you? must I… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • testy — testily, adv. testiness, n. /tes tee/, adj., testier, testiest. irritably impatient; touchy. [1325 75; late ME testi, alter. of MF testu headstrong; r. ME testif < MF. See TEST2, IVE] Syn. tetchy, edgy, snappish, cross, irascible. See irritable.… …   Universalium

  • testy — adjective (testier, testiest) irritable. Derivatives testily adverb testiness noun Origin ME (in the sense headstrong, impetuous ): from Anglo Norman Fr. testif, from OFr. teste head , from L. testa shell …   English new terms dictionary

  • testy — UK [ˈtestɪ] / US adjective Word forms testy : adjective testy comparative testier superlative testiest easily annoyed and impatient Derived word: testily adverb …   English dictionary

  • testy — /ˈtɛsti / (say testee) adjective (testier, testiest) irritably impatient; touchy: *he backed into the sliprails and put both himself and his rider in a thoroughly testy frame of mind before they even started. –nourma handford, 1953. {Middle… …   Australian English dictionary

  • testy — [tes′tē] adj. testier, testiest [ME testif < Anglo Fr < OFr teste, the head < L testa: see TEST1] irritable; touchy; peevish testily adv. testiness n …   English World dictionary

  • testy — adj. (testier, testiest) irritable, touchy. Derivatives: testily adv. testiness n. Etymology: ME f. AF testif f. OF teste head (as TEST(2)) …   Useful english dictionary

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