Definition of temper
What does the word temper mean?
part of speech: verb transitive, intransitive
Prepare (clay &c.) by moistening, mixing, & kneading; bring (metal, esp. steel), (of metal) come, to proper hardness& elasticity by successive heating& cooling; modify, mitigate, (justice &c.) by blending with (mercy &c.); moderate, restrain, tone down; (Mus.) tune, modulate, (piano, organ) in particular TEMPERAMENT. Hence temperable, temperative, aa., temperer n. [Middle English]
part of speech: noun
Mixture, esp. suitable combination of ingredients (of mortar &c.); resulting condition or consistency; condition of metal as to hardness& elasticity; habitual or temporary disposition of mind, as was of a saturnine, frigid, fiery, placid, t., persons of congenial t., found him in a good t. (not irritable or angry), in a bad t. (peevish, angry); irritation, anger, as fit of t., what a t. he is in!, naughty t. !; lose one\'s t., become angry; keep, control, one\'s t., not lose it; out of t., angry. Hence -tempered a., -temperedly adv.