Testif Tes"tif, a. [See {Testy}.] Testy; headstrong; obstinate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Testif they were and lusty for to play. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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  • testy — c.1500, impetuous, rash, from M.E. testif headstrong (late 14c.), from Anglo Fr. testif, from O.Fr. testu stubborn, lit. heady, from teste head, from L.L. testa skull, in L. pot, shell (see TESTER (Cf. tester) (2)). Meaning …   Etymology dictionary

  • testy — adjective (testier; est) Etymology: Middle English testif, from Anglo French, headstrong, from teste head more at tester Date: 1523 1. easily annoyed ; irritable 2. marked by impatience or ill humor < testy remarks > • testily …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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 — tes|ty [ˈtesti] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Anglo French; Origin: testif determined to do what you want , from Old French teste head ] impatient and easily annoyed = ↑irritable ▪ testy remarks ▪ It had been a long day, and Sarah was getting a little… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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