touch-up

[ tuhch-uhp ]
/ ˈtʌtʃˌʌp /

noun

an act or instance of touching up: Her makeup needed a touch-up.

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Origin of touch-up

First recorded in 1880–85; noun use of verb phrase touch up

Definition for touch up (2 of 2)

Origin of touch

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English to(u)chen < Old French tochier < Vulgar Latin *toccāre to knock, strike, touch, of expressive orig.; (noun) partly continuing Middle English touche state or act of touching < Old French, derivative of tochier, partly derivative of the v.

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British Dictionary definitions for touch up (1 of 2)

touch up

verb (tr, adverb)

to put extra or finishing touches to
to enhance, renovate, or falsify by putting extra touches toto touch up a photograph
to stimulate or rouse as by a tap or light blow
British slang to touch or caress (someone), esp to arouse sexual feelings

noun touch-up

a renovation or retouching, as of a painting

British Dictionary definitions for touch up (2 of 2)

touch
/ (tʌtʃ) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of touch

touchable, adjectivetouchableness, nountoucher, nountouchless, adjective

Word Origin for touch

C13: from Old French tochier, from Vulgar Latin toccāre (unattested) to strike, ring (a bell), probably imitative of a tapping sound
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Medical definitions for touch up

touch
[ tŭch ]

n.

The physiological sense by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body.
Digital examination.

Other words from touch

touch•a•ble adj.
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Idioms and Phrases with touch up (1 of 2)

touch up

Make minor changes or improvements, as in This wall needs some touching up but not complete repainting. [Early 1700s]

Idioms and Phrases with touch up (2 of 2)

touch

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