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Definition easily irritated or annoyed
  • She gets a little testy when she hasn't had enough sleep.
  • Anybody who comes here ends up getting . . . testy.
    Edward Albee  --  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • testy = irritated or annoyed
  • A volley of testy horn blasts behind her had her whipping over to the edge of Tenth and blocking the turning lane.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Bournisien interrupted him, replying testily that it was none the less necessary to pray.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • 'He knows all he cares about it,' Mr Flintwinch testily urged.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • KELLER [TESTILY]: Jimmie.
    William Gibson  --  The Miracle Worker
  • "I'm not your countess," Violet said testily, a word which here means "in an extremely annoyed tone."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • Tom had grown testy and irritated, and refused another delay.
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker
  • Kind of testy, aren't you?" the driver observed, not particularly perturbed.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • "The same, the same," the Lett said testily.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Rather testy, tired of so many subtleties, he complained, "Well, I'll do what I can, but I'll have to wait till the board meets."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The Egyptian turned to Esther a little testily.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Your clients might get testy.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • At times this kind of talk made Farmer testy.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • "No, no!" he responded shortly and somewhat testily.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "In the name of common-sense," asked the old gentleman rather testily, "what can be better for a man than his own parlor and chimney-corner?"
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Smith traded testy words with the officials, and there was a long delay.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • "Now, I ask you," she said almost testily, "where is Julia going?
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Tuffett was sitting behind his desk, gazing testily at its top.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "Well, that was his fault," said Hermione testily.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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