- irritable; touchy.
Origin of tetchy
Examples from the Web for tetchy
But Tetchy's berries were unquestionably very superior ones.
But one day, when the fruit season was over, my sister was bold enough to invite herself into Tetchy's garden.
I often saw the Tetchy girls hoeing and weeding, and have no doubt they performed a very large part of that important labor.
That a man of my age should think one thing and say another—like a tetchy girl or a spoilt child!The Witch of Prague
F. Marion Crawford
Now come quickly and be careful that you do not cross the King's temper, for it is tetchy to-day.The Lady Of Blossholme
H. Rider Haggard
- being or inclined to be cross, irritable, or touchy
Word Origin and History for tetchy
"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).