[ US /ˈtɛstəɫi/ ]
[ UK /tˈɛstɪli/ ]
  1. in a petulant manner
    he said testily: `Go away!'
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How To Use testily In A Sentence

  • In the year before his death he dealt somewhat testily with the whole matter in an interview with a journalist on the Courier-Mail.
  • ‘So did I,’ Lashana grumbled, glaring at Cris testily.
  • As the commuter plane in the cartoon plunges downward, the fat passenger testily refuses to acknowledge her guilt in misleading the airline about her weight.
  • A different Microsoft executive responded testily when approached at an industry event in San Francisco with the query that is the headline of this article.
  • he said testily: `Go away!'
  • ‘The fans and public are so sick of this question still being brought up,’ he says testily when the topic of his health and mental state is mentioned.
  • Enna shot a fierce glance at him, muttering "scalawag," half under her breath, while his old father said testily, "Horace, you speak too strongly. Elsie's Motherhood
  • ‘It's called a computer,’ he answered testily, ‘I won't even try to explain how it works - I doubt you could comprehend it.’
  • She growled whether I wanted a large or a small mineral water, and when I asked for specificity, she testily conceded that 'large' was a litre.
  • Brides usedn't to be 'poor deared' in my day," the old lady remarked rather testily to her handmaiden, Jane. The Honorable Miss A Story of an Old-Fashioned Town
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