Definitions for tantrumˈtæn trəm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tan•trumˈtæn trəm(n.)

  1. a violent demonstration of rage or frustration; a sudden burst of ill temper.

Origin of tantrum:

1740–50; orig. uncert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fit, tantrum, scene, conniption(noun)

    a display of bad temper

    "he had a fit"; "she threw a tantrum"; "he made a scene"


  1. tantrum(Noun)

    An often childish display or fit of bad temper.

    Many parents become embarrassed by their children throwing tantrums in public places.

  2. Origin: origin; since 1714.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tantrum(noun)

    a whim, or burst of ill-humor; an affected air


  1. Tantrum

    A tantrum is an emotional outburst, usually associated with children or those in emotional distress, that is typically characterized by stubbornness, crying, screaming, yelling, shrieking, defiance, angry ranting, a resistance to attempts at pacification and, in some cases, violence. Physical control may be lost, the person may be unable to remain still, and even if the "goal" of the person is met he or she may not be calmed. A tantrum may be expressed in a tirade: a protracted, angry, or violent speech.

Translations for tantrum

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a fit of extreme rage, with eg shouting and stamping

That child is always throwing tantrums.

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