techy

2
[tech-ee]

adjective, tech·i·er, tech·i·est.


Related formstech·i·ly, adverbtech·i·ness, noun

tetchy

or tech·y

[tech-ee]

adjective, tetch·i·er, tetch·i·est.

irritable; touchy.

Origin of tetchy

1585–95; origin uncertain; cf. tetched, -y1
Related formstetch·i·ly, adverbtetch·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for techier

techy

1

noun, adjective plural techies

informal a variant spelling of techie

techy

2

adjective techier or techiest

a variant spelling of tetchy
Derived Formstechily, adverbtechiness, noun

tetchy

adjective tetchier or tetchiest

being or inclined to be cross, irritable, or touchy
Derived Formstetchily, adverbtetchiness, noun

Word Origin for tetchy

C16: probably from obsolete tetch defect, from Old French tache spot, of Germanic origin
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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).

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