temper Definition

  • 1a person's state of mind seen in terms of their being angry or calm
  • 2a tendency to become angry easily
  • 3a person's state of mind seen in terms of their being excited or calm

Using temper: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "temper" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He has a bad temper and gets angry easily.

  • Example

    She lost her temper when she saw the mess in the kitchen.

  • Example

    The coach's temper flared up when the team lost the game.

  • Example

    He tried to control his temper during the argument.

temper Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for temper

Idioms Using temper

  • lose one's temper

    to become very angry and lose control of one's emotions


    She lost her temper when she found out that her project had been canceled.

  • in a state of anger or irritation


    He stormed out of the room in a temper when he heard the news.

  • to have a very bad temper and become angry easily


    Don't mess with him - he has a temper like a bear with a sore head.

Phrases with temper

  • a tendency to become angry quickly and easily


    He has a short temper and often loses his cool over small things.

  • keep one's temper

    to remain calm and composed, especially in a difficult situation


    It's important to keep your temper when dealing with difficult customers.

  • in a bad mood or easily angered


    He's been out of temper all day because he didn't get enough sleep last night.

Origins of temper

from Latin 'temperare', meaning 'to mix, regulate, restrain'


Summary: temper in Brief

The term 'temper' [ˈtɛmpər] refers to a person's state of mind, whether calm or angry, or excited. It can also denote a tendency to become angry easily. Phrases like 'short temper' and 'keep one's temper' describe specific behaviors, while idioms like 'lose one's temper' and 'in a temper' convey the loss of control over one's emotions. 'Temper' is often used in informal contexts to refer to a person's mood or attitude.

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