tetchy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tetchy easily irritated or annoyed "an incorrigibly fractious young man","not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tetchy See Techy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tetchy tech′i touchy, peevish, fretful
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Touchy.

Usage

In literature:

You are the sweetest temper in the world, but you are so tetchy with your brothers.
"Middlemarch" by George Eliot
Away with that tetchy, feverish, unworthy agitation!
"Imaginary Portraits" by Walter Pater
His feelings were confused, tetchy, troubled.
"The Forsyte Saga, Volume III." by John Galsworthy
His feelings were confused, tetchy, troubled.
"To Let" by John Galsworthy
Away with that tetchy, feverish, unworthy agitation!
"Imaginary Portraits" by Walter Horatio Pater
His feelings were confused, tetchy, troubled.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
Don't be so tetchy, Bowler.
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
Old Brother Silas is gettin' right smart tetchy with the passin' of the years; he is, so.
"The Quickening" by Francis Lynde
Nothing had ever so melted down the rude stiffness of the Tetchy family as this wonderful revolution in my domestic prospects.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865" by Various
They were a very tetchy lot, those niggers, are still what are left of them.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
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In news:

The US energy independence debate is getting very tetchy of late.
Carl Paladino continues his tetchy screeds to the media with a letter to Stan Lipsey, publisher of the Buffalo News.
Apparently people who move in high places can be a bit tetchy about the behavior called hypocrisy.
It's easy to see why the Bush crowd is getting so tetchy.
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