touchy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj touchy difficult to handle; requiring great tact "delicate negotiations with the big powers","hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter","a touchy subject"
    • adj touchy quick to take offense
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Touchy Peevish; irritable; irascible; techy; apt to take fire. "It may be said of Dryden that he was at no time touchy about personal attacks."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • touchy Apt to take offense on slight provocation; irritable; irascible; peevish; testy: tetchy.
    • touchy In decorative art, made up of small points, broken lines, or touches, and not drawn in a firm unbroken line, as the outline of any pattern.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Touchy irritable: peevish
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For techy, tetchy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. toucher—from Old High Ger. zucchen (Ger. zucken), to move, to draw.

Usage

In literature:

Proud as hell, and touchy as all get-out, but not killers.
"A Matter of Importance" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
She felt a little sore and touchy about Steve's engagement, and proud, too, that Miss Beekman had accepted him.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
He's a touchy man, and ready to carry his business elsewhere.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
You're getting touchy, Dan; 'pears to me you'd rather be doing that job yourself, and think nobody can handle it but you.
"A Spaceship Named McGuire" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Surely, Margaret, you must be a little, just a very little, touchy upon the matter.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
I'm not touchy, goodness knows, but afterall a name's a piece of property.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
The desert regions of the West seemed always to breed truculence and touchiness.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
If this is so touchy, I should handle it myself.
"Tinker's Dam" by Joseph Tinker
Touchy people always get teased.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He was touchy and difficult.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
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In news:

Museums Truckle to Touchy Tykes, Get 'Interactive.
Acer 's Very Touchy Windows 8 Ultrabook.
It's been a touchy subject in Santa Barbara County.
Having carpets cleaned can be touchy business if your pets have allergies.
In an exclusive clip from Monday's return episode to THR, Emmett proves to be a touchy subject.
There is a strict "lookie but no touchie" policy that he swears by.
We've 'lookied' at them all and want to 'touchie' every single one of them.
That could be a touchy issue, simply because the voters have already spoken…We talked about maybe not getting the voters the right information.
They can be a touchy subject.
New Orleans' post-Katrina gentrification is touchy.
Can touchy -feely Mavs fist-bump their way to NBA title.
The Touchy -Feely Future Of Technology.
Pass interference calls touchy subject for coaches.
Touchy Roger Cohen Writes Me a Letter.
Kellan Lutz Likes Touchy -Feely Fabrics.
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In science:

Touchy matter, good for protestant faith but not for the dogmas from Trent concilium.
Dream of a Christmas lecture
We could perhaps add that we found the intercept f+ (0) to be somewhat touchy. A drift of either ms or σs away from the best values could lead to a significant decrease in its value.
Strange mesons and kaon-to-pion transition form factors from holography
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