touchy

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adjective \ˈtə-chē\

Definition of touchy

touchier

;

touchiest

  1. 1 :  marked by readiness to take offense on slight provocation he's a little touchy about his past

  2. 2 :  calling for tact, care, or caution in treatment a touchy subject

  3. 3a of a body part :  acutely sensitive or irritableb 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

1605

First Known Use of touchy

1605


TOUCHY Defined for English Language Learners

touchy

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adjective \ˈtə-chē\

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

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adjective \ˈtə-chē\

Definition of touchy for Students

touchier

;

touchiest

  1. 1 :  easily hurt or insulted She's touchy about her weight.

  2. 2 :  calling for tact or careful handling a touchy subject



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