testily
adverb see testy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • testily — adverb In the manner of someone who is testy. Not at all , he replied testily, his voice dripping with sarcasm at having been interrupted …   Wiktionary

  • testily — testy ► ADJECTIVE ▪ easily irritated; irritable. DERIVATIVES testily adverb testiness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «headstrong, impetuous»: from Old French teste head …   English terms dictionary

  • testily — adverb in a petulant manner (Freq. 1) he said testily; Go away! • Syn: ↑irritably, ↑petulantly, ↑pettishly • Derived from adjective: ↑pettish (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • testily — See testy. * * * …   Universalium

  • testily — adv. short temperedly, angrily, irritably, touchily …   English contemporary dictionary

  • testily — tes·ti·ly …   English syllables

  • testily — See: testy …   English 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

  • irritably — adverb 1. in a petulant manner (Freq. 3) he said testily; Go away! • Syn: ↑testily, ↑petulantly, ↑pettishly • Derived from adjective: ↑pettish (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • pettishly — adverb in a petulant manner he said testily; Go away! • Syn: ↑testily, ↑irritably, ↑petulantly • Derived from adjective: ↑pettish, ↑petulant (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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