Testy meaning

tĕstē
Irritated, impatient, or exasperated; peevish.

A testy cab driver; a testy refusal to help.

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Irritable; touchy; peevish.
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Easily annoyed, irritable.
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Marked by impatience or ill humor.

He made testy remarks.

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Origin of testy

  • Alteration of Middle English testif headstrong alteration (influenced by Middle English -if) (variant of -ive -ive) (as in natif native) of Old French testu from Old French teste head from Late Latin testa skull teston

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English testif (“headstrong"), from Old French testu, from teste (“head") + -u. Compare modern French tête (“head"), têtu (“stubborn").

    From Wiktionary