1. [ noun ] a sudden outburst of anger
Synonyms: irritation pique

"his temper sparked like damp firewood"

Related terms: annoyance annoy
2. [ noun ] a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger
Synonyms: irritability peevishness pettishness snappishness surliness biliousness

"his temper was well known to all his employees"

Related terms: ill_nature querulousness chasten
3. [ noun ] a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
Synonyms: mood humor humour

"whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time" "he was in a bad humor"

Related terms: feeling good_humor sulk ill_humor humor
4. [ verb ] (metallurgy) harden by reheating and cooling in oil
Synonyms: harden

"temper steel"

Related terms: modify
5. [ verb ] restrain or temper
Synonyms: moderate chasten
Related terms: change pique
6. [ verb ] adjust the pitch (of pianos)
Related terms: adjust
7. [ verb ] make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate
Synonyms: mollify season

"she tempered her criticism"

Related terms: weaken mollification
8. [ verb ] (metallurgy) anneal or toughen by a process of gradually heating and cooling
Synonyms: normalize anneal

"temper glass"

Related terms: toughen
9. [ noun ] (physics) the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking
Synonyms: toughness
Related terms: elasticity
Similar spelling:   tempera