adjective, tetch·i·er, tetch·i·est.
Origin of tetchy
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adjective tetchier or tetchiest
being or inclined to be cross, irritable, or touchy
Word Origin for tetchy
C16: probably from obsolete tetch defect, from Old French tache spot, of Germanic origin
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"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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