from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fit of bad temper. Also called regionally hissy2, hissy fit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An often childish display or fit of bad temper.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A whim; an affected air.
- n. A display of ill-humor, especially a demonstration of rage or frustration by shouting or violent physical movements, such as the stamping of feet; called also temper tantrum. It is usually associated with children, but is sometimes seen in adults.
- n. A display of anger expressed by irrationally striking out at innocent targets or inanimate objects.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A burst of ill humor; a display of temper; an ill-natured caprice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a display of bad temper
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown origin; since 1714. (Wiktionary)