tetchy

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adjective \ˈte-chē\

Definition of tetchy

tetchier

tetchiest

  1. :  irritably or peevishly sensitive :  touchy <the tetchy manner of two women living in the same house — Elizabeth Taylor †1975>

tetchily

play \-chə-lē\ adverb

tetchiness

play \-chē-nəs\ noun

Examples of tetchy in a sentence

  1. <a morose and tetchy resident of a nursing home>

Did You Know?

Tetchy is a word that may have been coined by Shakespeare - its first known use in English occurs in Romeo and Juliet (1592). Etymologists are not certain how the word came about, but some have suggested that it derives from "tetch," an obsolete noun meaning "habit." The similarity both in meaning and pronunciation to "touchy" might lead you to conclude that "tetchy" is related to that word, but there is no conclusive evidence to suggest such a connection. The adjectives "teched" and tetched, meaning "mentally unbalanced," are variations of "touched," and are probably also unrelated to "tetchy."

Origin and Etymology of tetchy

perhaps from obsolete tetch habit


First Known Use: 1592


TETCHY Defined for English Language Learners

tetchy

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adjective \ˈte-chē\

Definition of tetchy for English Language Learners

  • : becoming angry or annoyed easily



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