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Thursday, March 13, 2003

Definitions for tetchy

  1. Peevish; testy; irritable.

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Citations for tetchy
Waugh's tetchy and combative personality made him a difficult companion at arms. Penelope Lively, The Atlantic
Wright was in Tokyo, busy with the Imperial Hotel, firing off telegrams blaming his son, Lloyd, and Schindler for nagging cost overruns that Barnsdall, always tetchy about parting with money, was balking at. Greg Goldin, Los Angeles Magazine
Origin of tetchy
1585-1595
Tetchy probably comes from Middle English tecche, "a bad habit," from Old French tache, teche, "a spot, stain, blemish, habit, vice."