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.

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Origin of touchy

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

synonym study for touchy

1. See irritable.

OTHER WORDS FROM touchy

touch·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 forms of touchy

touchily, adverbtouchiness, noun
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