Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

temper

 - definition
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun British English pronunciation: temper /ˈtempə(r)/ 
Word Forms
Close
singulartemper
pluraltempers
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a tendency to get angry very quickly

    That temper of yours is going to get you into trouble.

    She should never have married a man with such a violent temper.

    have a short temper (=become angry very quickly):

    He's not a bad boss, but he has a short temper.

    control your temper:

    Andrew has not yet learned to control his temper.

    tempers flare (=people get angry):

    Tempers flared and things began to get out of control.

    tempers fray (=people start to get angry):

    It was a difficult meeting and tempers got a bit frayed.

  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] a particular emotional state or mood
    in a bad/foul/terrible etc temper:

    When Mark turned up he was in a foul temper.

    in a good temper:

    He seems to be in a good temper.

    1. a.
      an extremely angry state
      be in a temper:

      He doesn't mean what he says when he's in a temper.

      get/fly into a temper:

      When she refused to help, he flew into a temper.

      a fit of temper (=a sudden short period of uncontrolled anger):

      He stormed out of the room in a fit of temper.

      a temper tantrum (=a sudden short period of uncontrolled anger):

      As a small child he had had violent temper tantrums.

phrases

property porn

a type of television programme, magazine article, etc which shows off desirable homes …

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

slay

to kill someone in a violent way

Open Dictionary

flat design

a type of design used on the web which excludes features which give a three-dimensional effect … and uses simple styles

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog