Definition of touchy
- he's a little touchy about his past
- a touchy subject
Don't be so touchy. I was just kidding.
watch what you say around him, as he's very touchy about every little thing
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choleric, crabby, cranky, cross, crotchety, grouchy, grumpy, irascible, irritable, peevish, perverse, pettish, petulant, prickly, quick-tempered, short-tempered, snappish, snappy, snippy, stuffy, testy, waspish;
: easily hurt or upset by the things that people think or say about you
: likely to cause people to become upset
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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