ETYM Cf. Late Lat. acrimonious, French acrimonieux.
Marked by strong resentment or cynicism; SYN. bitter.
Bitter; caustic; angry.
Irritable as if suffering from indigestion; SYN. bilious, dyspeptic, liverish.
Melancholy; splenetic; acrimonious
Very melancholic; hypochondriac.
Aggressively belligerent ; also; marked by much fighting
Brusque and surly and forbidding; SYN. curmudgeonly, gruff, ill-humored, ill-humoured.
ETYM From Cur.
1. Base and cowardly.
2. Resembling a cur; snarling and rude.
ETYM Latin excitabilis inciting: cf. French excitable.
1. Easily excited.
2. (Physiology) Capable of responding to stimuli; SYN. irritable.
ETYM See Fret.
Habitually complaining; SYN. querulous, whiney, whining, whiny.
ETYM Cf. French inflammatoire.
Characterized or caused by inflammation.
Inclined to become angry.
ETYM Latin irascibilis, from irasci to be angry, ira anger: cf. French irascible. Related to Ire.
Prone to anger; easily provoked or inflamed to anger.
ETYM Latin irritabilis: cf. French irritable. Related to Irritate.
(Pathology) Abnormally sensitive to a stimulus.
1. Characterized by jumps or sudden variations
2. Nervous, jittery
ETYM Latin nervosus sinewy, vigorous: cf. French nerveux. Related to Nerve.
1. Of or relating to the nervous system; SYN. neural.
2. Anxious, or easily frightened; Sensitive; excitable; timid; apprehensive.
ETYM French sensitif. Related to Sense.
1. Having acute mental or emotional sensibility.
2. Hurting; SYN. sore, tender.
3. Responsive to physical stimuli.
4. Used officially of classified information or matters affecting national security.
ETYM French saure, sore, sor; faucon sor a sore falcon. Related to Sorrel.
1. Tender to the touch; susceptible of pain from pressure.
2. (Figurative) Sensitive; tender; easily pained, grieved, or vexed.
3. Severe; afflictive; distressing.
1. Having a sharp biting taste.
2. One of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of vinegar or lemons.
3. Smelling of fermentation or staleness; SYN. rancid.
ETYM Latin spleneticus: cf. French splénétique. Related to Spleen.
Affected with spleen; peevish; fretful.
Marked by bad temper or spite.
ETYM Old Eng. squaimous, sweymous, probably from Old Eng. sweem, swem, dizziness, a swimming in the head.
1. Having a stomach that is easily nauseated.
2. Easily disgusted; apt to be offended.
Fretful; peevish; easily irritated.
ETYM For techy, tetchy.
Peevish; irritable; irascible; techy; apt to take fire.
1. Resembling a wasp in form; having a slender waist, like a wasp.
2. Quick to resent a trifling affront; characterized by snappishness; irritable; irascible; petulant; snappish.