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Webster 1913 Edition


Touchy

Touch′y

,
Adj.
[For
techy
,
tetchy
.]
Peevish; irritable; irascible; techy; apt to take fire.
[Colloq.]
It may be said of Dryden that he was at no time
touchy
about personal attacks.
Saintsbury.

Webster 1828 Edition


Touchy

TOUCHY

,
Adj.
tuch'y. [vulgarly techy.] Peevish; irritable; irascible; apt to take fire. [Not elegant.]

Definition 2022


touchy

touchy

English

Adjective

touchy (comparative touchier, superlative touchiest)

  1. (of a situation) Extremely sensitive or volatile; easily disturbed to the point of becoming unstable; requiring caution or tactfulness.
    It is an extremely touchy situation, with everybody's patience wearing thin.
  2. (of a person) Easily offended; oversensitive; ticklish.
    He can be very touchy when you talk about his cat, so be as tactful as possible.

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