\ ˈtə-chē How to pronounce touchy (audio) \
touchier; touchiest

Definition of touchy

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
3a of a body part : acutely sensitive or irritable
b of a chemical : highly explosive or inflammable

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Other Words from touchy

touchily \ ˈtə-​chə-​lē How to pronounce touchy (audio) \ adverb
touchiness \ ˈtə-​chē-​nəs How to pronounce touchy (audio) \ noun

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Examples of touchy in a Sentence

Don't be so touchy. I was just kidding. watch what you say around him, as he's very touchy about every little thing
Recent Examples on the Web China’s population grows (or shrinks) is a touchy topic for Beijing. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Is China’s population growing or shrinking? It’s a touchy topic for Beijing," 30 Apr. 2021 Everyone is tired and touchy and prone to miscommunication and misinterpretation., "Advice: The people we bought our house from are moving nearby, but we don’t want to be friends," 29 Apr. 2021 There were some touchy moments with Nick Saban too. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Najee Harris opens up on Alabama struggles, culture shock and no regrets," 19 Apr. 2021 Supply problems can be a touchy topic, said Zach Supalla, chief executive of Particle, a San Francisco company that buys chips to make communication and computing equipment. New York Times, "‘It’s a Roller-Coaster Ride’: Global Chip Shortage Is Making Industries Sweat," 15 Apr. 2021 Because the memory controller lives inside the CPU today, that means increasing voltage to the CPU as well, which is where the companies get touchy about the warranty. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why XMP and memory overclocking are OK even if they void your warranty," 16 Mar. 2021 This season’s snowpack has been one of the most touchy in decades. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s worst avalanche danger may be in the rearview," 9 Mar. 2021 Even more touchy, his clients have included Abbott Laboratories in an OxyContin fraud case, and the arms dealer Dolarian Capital in a dispute related to a contract to transfer weapons from Romania to the Afghan military. Washington Post, "Doug Emhoff paused his career for his wife Kamala Harris’s aspirations — and became the campaign’s ‘secret weapon’," 28 Oct. 2020 The entire exchange moves very quickly, though, because Sid is distracted by the sight of his sister getting touchy with a swim team guy, Bo (David Iacono). Lydia Wang,, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Grand Army Recaps," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of touchy

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 May 2021

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“Touchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of touchy

: easily hurt or upset by the things that people think or say about you
: likely to cause people to become upset


\ ˈtə-chē How to pronounce touchy (audio) \
touchier; touchiest

Kids Definition of touchy

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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