(noun, verb)


1. a sudden outburst of anger

- his temper sparked like damp firewood

Similar word(s): irritation, pique

Definition categories: feeling, annoyance, chafe, vexation

2. a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling

- whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time

Similar word(s): humor, humour, mood

Definition categories: feeling

3. a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger

- his temper was well known to all his employees

Similar word(s): biliousness, irritability, peevishness, pettishness, snappishness, surliness

Definition categories: attribute

4. the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking

Similar word(s): toughness

Definition categories: attribute, elasticity, snap

Sentences with temper as a noun:

- to have a good, bad, calm, or hasty temper

- He has quite a (bad) temper when dealing with salespeople.

- the temper of mortar

- to keep one's temper

- the temper of iron or steel


1. bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling

- temper glass

Similar word(s): anneal, normalize

Definition categories: change, harden, indurate

2. harden by reheating and cooling in oil

- temper steel

Similar word(s): harden

Definition categories: change, modify

3. adjust the pitch (of pianos)

Definition categories: change, adjust, correct, set

4. make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else

- she tempered her criticism

Similar word(s): moderate, mollify, season

Definition categories: change, weaken

5. change by restraining or moderating

Similar word(s): chasten

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

Sentences with temper as a verb:

- Temper your language around children.

- Tempering is a heat treatment technique applied to metals, alloys, and glass to achieve greater toughness by increasing the strength of materials and/or ductility. Tempering is performed by a controlled reheating of the work piece to a temperature below its lower eutectic critical temperature.