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techy

1
[tek-ee]
noun, plural tech·ies.
  1. techie.
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techy

2
[tech-ee]
adjective, tech·i·er, tech·i·est.
  1. tetchy.
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Related formstech·i·ly, adverbtech·i·ness, noun

techie

or tek·kieor tech·y

[tek-ee]
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.
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Origin of techie

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

tetchy

or tech·y

[tech-ee]
adjective, tetch·i·er, tetch·i·est.
  1. irritable; touchy.
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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 of 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

techy

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

2
adjective techier or techiest
  1. a variant spelling of tetchy
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Derived Formstechily, adverbtechiness, noun

techie

techy

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

adjective tetchier or tetchiest
  1. being or inclined to be cross, irritable, or touchy
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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

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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techie

n.

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

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