stroppy
adjective Etymology: perhaps by shortening & alteration from obstreperous Date: 1951 British touchy, belligerent

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  • stroppy — 1951, perhaps a slang mangling of obstreperous …   Etymology dictionary

  • stroppy — ► ADJECTIVE (stroppier, stroppiest) Brit. informal ▪ bad tempered; argumentative. ORIGIN perhaps from OBSTREPEROUS(Cf. ↑obstreperousness) …   English terms dictionary

  • stroppy — [sträp′ē] adj. stroppier, stroppiest [? shortened & altered < OBSTREPEROUS] [Brit. Informal] Brit. Informal hard to deal with or control; angry, unruly, impudent, etc …   English World dictionary

  • stroppy — [[t]strɒ̱pi[/t]] stroppier, stroppiest ADJ GRADED Someone who is stroppy is bad tempered and gets angry or upset with people. [BRIT, INFORMAL] A mother I knew was going through a really unpleasant time with a stroppy teenage son... The gas people …   English dictionary

  • stroppy — UK [ˈstrɒpɪ] / US [ˈstrɑpɪ] adjective Word forms stroppy : adjective stroppy comparative stroppier superlative stroppiest British informal a stroppy person gets angry very easily and is difficult to talk to Derived word: stroppily adverb …   English dictionary

  • stroppy — adj. Stroppy is used with these nouns: ↑teenager …   Collocations dictionary

  • stroppy — strop|py [ˈstrɔpi US ˈstra:pi] adj BrE informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Perhaps from obstreperous] bad tempered and easily offended or annoyed ▪ I try not to get stroppy, but sometimes I just can t help it. >stroppiness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stroppy — Petulant, throwing a tantrum. Why are you acting stroppy? …   Dictionary of american slang

  • stroppy — Petulant, throwing a tantrum. Why are you acting stroppy? …   Dictionary of american slang

  • stroppy — adj British obstreperous, aggressive, uncoopera tive. The word is an alteration of obstreperous, perhaps via a fanciful deformation of this word, such as obstropalous . Stroppy appeared in the 1940s. Various deformations of obstreperous have been …   Contemporary slang

  • stroppy — adjective BrE informal bad tempered and easily offended or annoyed: Aaron, we won t go anywhere if you re going to be stroppy! stroppily adverb stroppiness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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