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 irritableb of a chemical : highly explosive or inflammable
touchilyplay \ˈtə-chə-lē\ adverb
touchinessplay \ˈtə-chē-nəs\ noun
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 of touchy from the Web
Civilian casualties from the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq remain a touchy subject.
Players have to contend not only with the eponymous giant rocks that veer at their spaceships and with enemy laser fire, but also with the touchy control scheme.
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First Known Use of touchy
TOUCHY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of touchy for Students
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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