tetchy

or tech·y

[tech-ee]

Origin of tetchy

1585–95; origin uncertain; cf. tetched, -y1
Related formstetch·i·ly, adverbtetch·i·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of tetchily

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

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British Dictionary definitions for tetchily

tetchy

adjective tetchier or tetchiest
  1. 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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