Informal inclined to resort to force rashly or irresponsibly
Origin of trigger-happysee happy, adjective
- Having a tendency or desire to shoot a firearm before adequately identifying the target.
- Inclined to react violently at the slightest provocation.
(comparative more trigger-happy, superlative most trigger-happy)
- (idiomatic) Having a tendency or desire to shoot a firearm irresponsibly before adequately identifying the target.
- The bystanders were indiscriminately gunned down by trigger-happy gang members.
- (idiomatic) Inclined to behave recklessly, especially with machinery.
- Be careful when you work near him; he's trigger-happy with that chain-saw.
- (idiomatic) Inclined to react excessively or violently at the slightest provocation.
- He was so trigger-happy that he wheeled and punched me when I brushed by him in the hall.
(comparative more trigger happy, superlative most trigger happy)
- Alternative spelling of trigger-happy.