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Examples of tetchy in a Sentence
a morose and tetchy resident of a nursing home
Recent Examples of tetchy from the Web
North Korea's tetchy relationship with China is driven by its desire not to appear like a satellite state, according to Kelly.
The men are more problematic: Gere's tetchy exasperation often reads like actorly frustration or boredom, and while Coogan works hard at finding what makes Paul tick, like a time bomb, the effort feels, well, effortful.
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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: 1592See Words from the same year
TETCHY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tetchy for English Language Learners
: becoming angry or annoyed easily
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