(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. sensitive, high-strung, neurotic, easily excited, peevish, irritable, edgy, impatient, intolerant, moody, touchy, irascible, fiery, volatile, resentful, vehement, demonstrative, restless, uneasy, unquiet, mercurial, galvanic, fidgety, fussy, hysterical, emotional, hotheaded, enthusiastic, overzealous, turbulent, impressible, tempestuous, stormy, impulsive, impetuous, rash, hasty, quick, passionate, heedless, reckless, violent, quick-tempered, temperamental, hot-tempered, short-tempered, easily angered, hot-blooded, combustible, fierce, wild, volcanic, explosive, prickly, huffy, flighty, nervous, jumpy, on edge, tense, overstrung, ready to explode, likely to go off at half cock*, having a short fuse*, like a bundle of nerves*.
Ant. calm*, placid, easygoing.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
emotional, high-strung, temperamental, fiery, volatile, hotheaded, *highoctane, explosive, passionate, skittish, tempestuous, hot-blooded.
ANT.: unflappable, imperturbable, tranquil

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