- touched by, be,
- touched in the head,
Origin of touched
verb (used with object)
- to strike the strings, keys, etc., of (a musical instrument) so as to cause it to sound.
- to play or perform (an air, notes, etc.) on a musical instrument.
verb (used without object)
- the act of approaching someone for money as a gift or a loan.
- the obtaining of money in this manner.
- the money obtained.
- a person considered from the standpoint of the relative ease with which he or she will lend money: I can always hit him for ten—he's an easy touch.
- an official mark put upon precious metal after testing to indicate its purity.
- a die, stamp, or the like for impressing such a mark.
- an identifying mark impressed on pewter by its maker.
- to represent or characterize precisely.
- to cause to ignite or explode.
- to give rise to; initiate: This incident will touch off another crisis.
- to mention a subject briefly or casually; treat of in passing: In his lecture he touched on the major aspects of the controversy.
- to come close to; approach.
- to relate or pertain to.
- to make minor changes or improvements in the appearance of.
- to modify or improve (a painting, photograph, etc.) by adding small strokes or making slight changes.
- to rouse by or as if by striking: This should touch up your memory.
Origin of touch
Examples from the Web for touched
“I only touched his shoulder,” the pastor told sheriffs, according to the police report.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet she spoke of his dignity in such an insane situation and when she touched on his pain she expressed her own on his behalf.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just why do Americans find it so hard to understand that the royals don't like to be touched?!
My finger burned when it touched the blossom of lead embedded in the ceramic armor.
Staring at the Wall was like staring at frustration itself, and it touched an anger in me that found its way into the book.The Stacks: How The Berlin Wall Inspired John le Carré’s First Masterpiece|John le Carré|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I reached out my hand to learn the truth, and touched a cold hand hanging limply over the threshold.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
Saginaw glanced at Connie and touched his forehead significantly.Connie Morgan in the Lumber Camps|James B. Hendryx
The undemonstrativeness of the act, so unlike her usual volcanic energy, touched him out of prudence.The Californians|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Quickly she touched a bell, and in the next instant the coach had stopped and the footman was at the open door.
Farther along in this same letter Calderwell touched upon his new friend again.Miss Billy's Decision|Eleanor H. Porter
- an official stamp on metal indicating standard purity
- the die stamp used to apply this markNow usually called: hallmark
- the act of asking for money as a loan or gift, often by devious means
- the money received in this way
- a person asked for money in this wayhe was an easy touch
- to finger (the keys or strings of an instrument)
- to play (a tune, piece of music, etc) in this way
Word Origin for touch
"stirred emotionally," mid-14c., past participle adjective from touch (v.).
late 13c., from Old French touchier "to touch, hit, knock" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *toccare "to knock, strike" as a bell (cf. Spanish tocar, Italian toccare), perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to get or borrow money" first recorded 1760. Related: Touched; touching.
Touch and go (adj.) is recorded from 1812, apparently from the name of a tag-like game, first recorded 1650s. Touch football is first attested 1933. Touch-me-not (1590s) translates Latin noli-me-tangere.
c.1300, from Old French touche "a touching," from touchier (see touch (v.)). Meaning "slight attack" (of an illness, etc.) is recorded from 1660s. Sense of "skill or aptitude in some topic" is first recorded 1927. Soft touch "person easily manipulated" is recorded from 1940.
In addition to the idioms beginning with touch
- touch and go
- touch base with
- touch bottom
- touch down
- touched by, be
- touched in the head
- touch off
- touch on
- touch up
- common touch
- finishing touch
- hit (touch) bottom
- in touch
- lose one's touch
- lose touch
- not touch with a ten-foot pole
- out of touch
- put the arm (touch) on
- soft touch