tetchy

or tech·y

[ tech-ee ]
/ ˈtɛtʃ i /

adjective, tetch·i·er, tetch·i·est.

irritable; touchy.

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Origin of tetchy

1585–95; origin uncertain; cf. tetched, -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM tetchy

tetch·i·ly, adverbtetch·i·ness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for tetchy

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

    A Day's Ride|Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for tetchy

tetchy
/ (ˈtɛtʃɪ) /

adjective tetchier or tetchiest

being or inclined to be cross, irritable, or touchy

Derived forms of tetchy

tetchily, adverbtetchiness, noun

Word Origin for tetchy

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