touchy

adjective \ ˈtə-chē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of touchy

touchier; touchiest
1 :marked by readiness to take offense on slight provocation
  • he's a little touchy about his past
2 :calling for tact, care, or caution in treatment
  • a touchy subject
3 a of a body part :acutely sensitive or irritable
b of a chemical :highly explosive or inflammable

touchily

play \ˈtə-chə-lē\ adverb

touchiness

play \ˈtə-chē-nəs\ noun

Examples of touchy in a Sentence

  1. Don't be so touchy. I was just kidding.

  2. watch what you say around him, as he's very touchy about every little thing

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First Known Use of touchy

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TOUCHY Defined for English Language Learners

touchy

adjective

Definition of touchy for English Language Learners

  • : easily hurt or upset by the things that people think or say about you

  • : likely to cause people to become upset


TOUCHY Defined for Kids

touchy

adjective \ ˈtə-chē \

Definition of touchy for Students

touchier; touchiest
1 :easily hurt or insulted
  • She's touchy about her weight.
2 :calling for tact or careful handling
  • a touchy subject


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