- characterized by or subject to tempests: the tempestuous ocean.
- of the nature of or resembling a tempest: a tempestuous wind.
- tumultuous; turbulent: a tempestuous period in history.
- of or relating to a tempest
- violent or stormya tempestuous love affair
adj.mid-15c., from Latin tempestuosus, from tempestas (see tempest). The figurative sense is older in English; literal sense is from c.1500. Related: Tempestuously.