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noun, plural tech·ies.
  1. techie.


adjective, tech·i·er, tech·i·est.
  1. tetchy.
Related formstech·i·ly, adverbtech·i·ness, noun


or tek·kieor tech·y

noun Informal.
  1. a student, enthusiast, or specialist in a particular technical field or subject, especially electronics.
  2. a person with skills or knowledge related to technology, especially computing; information technologist.
  3. a technician, as for a stage crew.

Origin of techie

First recorded in 1980–85; tech(nical) + -ie


or tech·y

adjective, tetch·i·er, tetch·i·est.
  1. irritable; touchy.

Origin of tetchy

1585–95; origin uncertain; cf. tetched, -y1
Related formstetch·i·ly, adverbtetch·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for techy

Historical Examples

  • He can do chores enough for his board, if he is techy at all on that pint.'

    The Wedge of Gold

    C. C. Goodwin

  • Being the poorest and most destitute family on the Island they are correspondingly proud and "techy."

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for techy


noun, adjective plural techies
  1. informal a variant spelling of techie


adjective techier or techiest
  1. a variant spelling of tetchy
Derived Formstechily, adverbtechiness, noun



noun plural techies
  1. a person who is skilled in the use of technological devices, such as computers
  1. of, relating to, or skilled in the use of technological devices, such as computers


adjective tetchier or tetchiest
  1. being or inclined to be cross, irritable, or touchy
Derived Formstetchily, adverbtetchiness, noun

Word Origin

C16: probably from obsolete tetch defect, from Old French tache spot, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for techy



"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).



one well-versed in the latest technology, by 1984.

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