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tetchy Syllabification: tetch·y
Pronunciation: /ˈteCHē/
(also techy)

Definition of tetchy in English:


Bad-tempered and irritable.
Example sentences
  • You can see why people might get a little tetchy about their personal privacy with one company carving so many avenues into their lives, even if I do think those worries are ultimately unfounded.
  • I'm feeling just a wee bit dehydrated and ever-so-slightly tetchy.
  • Firm with the media in the past, he is now tetchy.


Pronunciation: /ˈteCHəlē/
Example sentences
  • When his time came he tetchily refuted the notion that Peel might have contributed anything to his success.
  • ‘You offered us answers,’ she reminded him tetchily.
  • He added tetchily, ‘You don't have to face responsibilities of any sort do you?’
Pronunciation: /ˈteCHēnəs/
Example sentences
  • A mild tetchiness and suspicion between the two counties has been evident in more than merely their refusal to contemplate a unified police unit.
  • If you are a serious caffeine fiend, begin your detox on a non-working day as you'll probably be in for a bit of a headache and a prolonged bout of tetchiness.
  • His extreme tetchiness was on show on that night's television news as he recounted, through gritted teeth, the agreement he had already reached with them over a financial review of the national stadium project.


Late 16th century: probably from a variant of Scots tache 'blotch, fault', from Old French teche.

Words that rhyme with tetchy

sketchy, stretchy
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