tetchy

[tech-ee]
adjective, tetchier, tetchiest.
irritable; touchy.
Also, techy.


Origin:
1585–95; origin uncertain; cf. tetched, -y1

tetchily, adverb
tetchiness, noun
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tetchy (ˈtɛtʃɪ)
 
adj , tetchier, tetchiest
being or inclined to be cross, irritable, or touchy
 
[C16: probably from obsolete tetch defect, from Old French tache spot, of Germanic origin]
 
'tetchily
 
adv
 
'tetchiness
 
n

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tetchy
"easily irritated," 1592, teachie, in "Romeo & Juliet" I.iii.32; of uncertain origin. Perhaps from M.E. tatch "a mark, quality," derived via O.Fr. from V.L. *tecca, from a Gmc. source akin to O.E. tacen (see token).
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Example sentences
It may make for tetchy government, but it could also moderate the extremes.
Moral of this story: if at first you don't succeed, write a tetchy letter.
They might actually tell the patient they're being rude, or get a bit tetchy themselves.
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