Definition of touchy in English:


Syllabification: touch·y
Pronunciation: /ˈtəCHē

adjective (touchier, touchiest)



Pronunciation: /ˈtəCHəlē/
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  • ‘What do you think you're doing?,’ she demanded, touchily.
  • ‘No, you're saying it wrong,’ Sara said touchily.
  • ‘We have Enchanting Arts last,’ she ordered touchily.


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  • There is good reason for the touchiness: in the First Crusade in 1099 Jerusalem was brutally captured and in the fighting the Christian soldiers of the western alliance killed 70,000 men, women and children.
  • Recognizing the touchiness of sovereign states to outside criticism, there is little more that the applicant's country can do other than send gentle reminders when delays occur.
  • You will appreciate our touchiness at being blamed for something which is being done in an extremely good cause, but which is outside our direct control and in which our express role has been to assist.


early 17th century: perhaps an alteration of tetchy, influenced by touch.

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