- irritable; touchy.
Origin of tetchy
Examples from the Web for tetchily
"She is a gentlewoman by birth, sir," said the old lady, tetchily.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
- being or inclined to be cross, irritable, or touchy
Word Origin and History for tetchily
"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).