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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Word Origin & History

touchy
"too sensitive," 1605, perhaps an alt. of tetchy (q.v.) infl. by touch (v.).
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Example sentences
One of the barriers to publishing a story about diamond growers is that almost
  everyone involved is touchy about secrecy.
Scientists are finding that glaciers and ice sheets are surprisingly touchy.
Biological drugs depend on touchy manufacturing processes.
She became touchy and sarcastic, alienated friends and was soon fired from her
  job.
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