Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Word of the Year is...

techy

[tech-ee] /ˈtɛtʃ i/
adjective, techier, techiest.
1.
Related forms
techily, adverb
techiness, noun

tetchy

or techy

[tech-ee] /ˈtɛtʃ i/
adjective, tetchier, tetchiest.
1.
irritable; touchy.
Origin of tetchy
1585-1595
1585-95; origin uncertain; cf. tetched, -y1
Related forms
tetchily, adverb
tetchiness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for techier

techy1

/ˈtɛkɪ/
noun, adjective (pl) techies
1.
(informal) a variant spelling of techie

techy2

/ˈtɛtʃɪ/
adjective techier, techiest
1.
a variant spelling of tetchy
Derived Forms
techily, adverb
techiness, noun

tetchy

/ˈtɛtʃɪ/
adjective tetchier, tetchiest
1.
being or inclined to be cross, irritable, or touchy
Derived Forms
tetchily, adverb
tetchiness, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from obsolete tetch defect, from Old French tache spot, of Germanic origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for techier

tetchy

adj.

"easily irritated," 1592, teachie, in "Romeo & Juliet" I.iii.32; of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Middle English tatch "a mark, quality," derived via Old French from Vulgar Latin *tecca, from a Germanic source akin to Old English tacen (see token).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for techier

tetchy

adjective

Irritable; irascible; testy: the days when tetchy film crews invaded the center of soporific conferences

[1592+; fr dialect tetched, ''crazy, touched in the head'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for techy

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for techier

12
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for techier