"I don't know what I said to that tetchy boy to hurt him," he began in an apologetic tone.
But one day, when the fruit season was over, my sister was bold enough to invite herself into tetchy's garden.
That a man of my age should think one thing and say another—like a tetchy girl or a spoilt child!
I often saw the tetchy girls hoeing and weeding, and have no doubt they performed a very large part of that important labor.
Now come quickly and be careful that you do not cross the King's temper, for it is tetchy to-day.
They're good boys, as I said afore; but they're quick and tetchy—George, being the youngest, nat'rally is the tetchiest.
But tetchy's berries were unquestionably very superior ones.
An odd incident during the day, however, showed of what tetchy materials a great populace is made.
"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).
Irritable; irascible; testy: the days when tetchy film crews invaded the center of soporific conferences
[1592+; fr dialect tetched, ''crazy, touched in the head'']