A display of ill-humor, especially a demonstration of rage or frustration by shouting or violent physical movements, such as the stamping of feet; called also temper tantrum. It is usually associated with children, but is sometimes seen in adults.
A display of anger expressed by irrationally striking out at innocent targets or inanimate objects; as, the governor was so insulted by the article, he threw a temper tantrum and cancelled the ceremony.
a display of bad temper; "he had a fit"; "she threw a tantrum"; "he made a scene"
a child's way of communicating his strong emotions which he is learning to handle
a child's way of expressing negative feelings (loneliness, frustration, sadness, etc)
a child's way of expressing themselves because they have not yet developed the skills to deal with their frustration
a natural way for a young child to experiment with feelings
an episode of extreme anger and frustration characterized by crying, screaming, and violent body motions, including throwing things, falling to the floor, and banging one's head, hands, and feet against the floor
a normal and expected response when something interferes with a young child's attempt to achieve independence or to master a skill
A tantrum is an emotional outburst wherein higher brain functions are unable to stop the emotional expression of the lower (emotional and physical) brain functions. It can be categorized by an irrational fit of crying, screaming, defiance, and a resistance to every attempt at pacification in which even physical control is lost. The person may not stand or sit on their own.