[ tek-ee ]
/ ˈtɛk i /

noun, plural tech·ies.

Nearby words

  1. technophilia,
  2. technophobe,
  3. technophobia,
  4. technopop,
  5. technostructure,
  6. tectibranch,
  7. tectiform,
  8. tectonic,
  9. tectonic boundary,
  10. tectonic keratoplasty


[ tech-ee ]
/ ˈtɛtʃ i /

adjective, tech·i·er, tech·i·est.

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


or tek·kie or tech·y

[ tek-ee ]
/ ˈtɛk i /

noun Informal.

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

Origin of techie

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


or tech·y

[ tech-ee ]
/ ˈtɛtʃ i /

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for techy

  • 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


/ (ˈtɛkɪ) /

noun, adjective plural techies

informal a variant spelling of techie

adjective techier or techiest

a variant spelling of tetchy
Derived Formstechily, adverbtechiness, noun




noun plural techies

a person who is skilled in the use of technological devices, such as computers


of, relating to, or skilled in the use of technological devices, such as computers


/ (ˈtɛtʃɪ) /

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 techy
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