follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

tetchy

[tech-ee] /ˈtɛtʃ i/
adjective, tetchier, tetchiest.
1.
irritable; touchy.
Also, techy.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; origin uncertain; cf. tetched, -y1
Related forms
tetchily, adverb
tetchiness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for tetchiness

tetchy

/ˈtɛtʃɪ/
adjective tetchier, tetchiest
1.
being or inclined to be cross, irritable, or touchy
Derived Forms
tetchily, adverb
tetchiness, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from obsolete tetch defect, from Old French tache spot, of Germanic origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for tetchiness

tetchy

adj.

"easily irritated," 1592, teachie, in "Romeo & Juliet" I.iii.32; of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Middle English tatch "a mark, quality," derived via Old French from Vulgar Latin *tecca, from a Germanic source akin to Old English tacen (see token).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for tetchiness

tetchy

adjective

Irritable; irascible; testy: the days when tetchy film crews invaded the center of soporific conferences

[1592+; fr dialect tetched, ''crazy, touched in the head'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for tetchy

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for tetchiness

15
0
Scrabble Words With Friends