Word Origin & History
late 13c., from O.Fr. touchier "to touch, hit, knock" (11c.), from V.L. *toccare "to knock, strike" as a bell (cf. Sp. tocar, It. toccare), perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to get or borrow money" first recorded 1760. Touched "stirred emotionally" is from mid-14c.; touching "affecting the emotions"
is from 1601. Touch and go (adj.) is recorded from 1812, apparently from the name of a tag-like game, first recorded 1655. Touch football is first attested 1933. Touch-me-not (1590s) translates L. noli-me-tangere.
c.1300, from O.Fr. touche "a touching," from touchier (see touch
(v.)). Meaning "slight attack" (of an illness, etc.) is recorded from 1662. Sense of "skill or aptitude in some topic" is first recorded 1927. Soft touch "person easily manipulated" is recorded from 1940.