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

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of touchy was in 1602

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Cite this Entry

“Touchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


touchier; touchiest
: easily hurt or insulted
: calling for tact or careful handling
a touchy subject

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