touchy

[ tuhch-ee ]
/ ˈtʌtʃ i /

adjective, touch·i·er, touch·i·est.

apt to take offense on slight provocation; irritable: He is very touchy when he's sick.
requiring caution, tactfulness, or expert handling; precarious; risky: a touchy subject; a touchy situation.
sensitive to touch.
easily ignited, as tinder.

Nearby words

  1. touchpaper,
  2. touchpoint,
  3. touchscreen,
  4. touchstone,
  5. touchwood,
  6. touchy-feely,
  7. touché,
  8. touggourt,
  9. tough,
  10. tough break

Origin of touchy

1595–1605; variant of techy2 (a variant of tetchy), by association with touch

Related formstouch·i·ly, adverbtouch·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for touchy

touchy

/ (ˈtʌtʃɪ) /

adjective touchier or touchiest

easily upset or irritated; oversensitive
extremely risky
easily ignited
Derived Formstouchily, adverbtouchiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for touchy

touchy

adj.

"too sensitive," c.1600, perhaps an alteration of tetchy (q.v.) influenced by touch (v.). Related: Touchiness.

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