• WordNet 3.6
    • n touchiness feeling easily irritated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Touchiness tŭch"ĭ*nĕs The quality or state of being touchy; peevishness; irritability; irascibility.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n touchiness The character of being touchy; peevishness; irritability; irascibility.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Touchiness the quality of being touchy: peevishness: irritability
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. toucher—from Old High Ger. zucchen (Ger. zucken), to move, to draw.


In literature:

Only a small spirit without magnanimity is touchy on such points.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
Herr Steinmarc was a man who had a temper of his own, and who was a little touchy on the score of age.
"Linda Tressel" by Anthony Trollope
The boys is right touchy when it comes to bein' lied about.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
Parlors 9 and 10 were the general reception-room, while 11 was reserved for the commander himself and for important and "touchy" interviews.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
It is not unlikely too that Lord Pigot himself had become touchy and overbearing in his declining years.
"The Story of Madras" by Glyn Barlow
What could she do that would not offend such touchy people?
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
There, there, don't be so touchy.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
He is also very touchy; a harsh word or an impatient gesture is enough to offend him.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
They are touchy people, and do not readily forgive an injury.
"Soap-Bubble Stories" by Fanny Barry
She was seventeen, touchy, full of spirits, and very moody: quick to flush, and always uneasy, uncertain.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

In news:

Weight Can Be A Touchy Subject For Female Athletes.
Getting touchy outside of Buffalo.
Recount method a touchy issue.
Touchy topics in the Gulf.
If you care about keeping your lady happy, steer clear of these touchy topics during sex.
Wow, I know that's a touchy subject.
Touchy subject Part 2.
HOW TOUCHY can you get.
Abortion could be touchy issue for GOP.
Touchy Moment on the Campaign Trail for Romney.
Tiny gets touchy with T.I.
The Touchy Subject of Open-Sourcing Java.
' Touchy -Feely' Cat Needs Home.
The Rangers and Devils Debate a Touchy Topic.
'Undead' sheds light on touchy subject matter.

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