: characterized by or encouraging interpersonal touching especially in the free expression of emotions
touchy-feely therapy
also : openly or excessively emotional and personal
gets all touchy-feely with his adoring fans

Examples of touchy-feely in a Sentence

she is too touchy-feely and he is too stiff-upper-lip for their relationship to ever work out
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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of touchy-feely was in 1968

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“Touchy-feely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/touchy-feely. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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