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)



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