tetchy

or tech·y

[ tech-ee ]
/ ˈtɛtʃ i /
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adjective, tetch·i·er, tetch·i·est.

irritable; touchy.

Nearby words

  1. tetanus-diphtheria toxoids vaccine,
  2. tetany,
  3. tetartanopsia,
  4. tetartohedral,
  5. tetched,
  6. tete,
  7. tete-a-tete,
  8. teth,
  9. tether,
  10. tetherball

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 tetchily

  • "She is a gentlewoman by birth, sir," said the old lady, tetchily.

    A Day's Ride|Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for tetchily

tetchy

/ (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 tetchily

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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