touchinesses

touchy

[tuhch-ee]
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; variant of techy, by association with touch

touchily, adverb
touchiness, noun


1. testy, irascible, edgy, snappish, cranky. See irritable.
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touchy (ˈtʌtʃɪ)
 
adj , touchier, touchiest
1.  easily upset or irritated; oversensitive
2.  extremely risky
3.  easily ignited
 
'touchily
 
adv
 
'touchiness
 
n

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touchy
"too sensitive," 1605, perhaps an alt. of tetchy (q.v.) infl. by touch (v.).
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