adjective, tetch·i·er, tetch·i·est.
Examples from the Web for tetchy
But Tetchy's berries were unquestionably very superior ones.
An odd incident during the day, however, showed of what tetchy materials a great populace is made.
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
They're good boys, as I said afore; but they're quick and tetchy—George, being the youngest, nat'rally is the tetchiest.Devil's Ford|Bret Harte
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
British Dictionary definitions for tetchy
adjective tetchier or tetchiest
Word Origin for tetchy
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).