Examples Word Origin adjective, tetch·i·er, tetch·i·est. irritable; touchy. Origin of tetchy 1585–95;
origin uncertain; cf.
-y 1 Related forms tetch·i·ly, adverb tetch·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for tetchily Historical Examples of tetchily British Dictionary definitions for tetchily adjective tetchier or tetchiest being or inclined to be cross, irritable, or touchy Derived Forms tetchily, adverb tetchiness, 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 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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