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touchy

[tuhch-ee] /ˈtʌtʃ i/
adjective, touchier, touchiest.
1.
apt to take offense on slight provocation; irritable:
He is very touchy when he's sick.
2.
requiring caution, tactfulness, or expert handling; precarious; risky:
a touchy subject; a touchy situation.
3.
sensitive to touch.
4.
easily ignited, as tinder.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; variant of techy, by association with touch
Related forms
touchily, adverb
touchiness, noun
Synonyms
1. testy, irascible, edgy, snappish, cranky. See irritable.
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British Dictionary definitions for touchiness

touchy

/ˈtʌtʃɪ/
adjective touchier, touchiest
1.
easily upset or irritated; oversensitive
2.
extremely risky
3.
easily ignited
Derived Forms
touchily, adverb
touchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for touchiness

touchy

adj.

"too sensitive," c.1600, perhaps an alteration of tetchy (q.v.) influenced by touch (v.). Related: Touchiness.

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