\ 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 touchily (audio) \ adverb
touchiness \ ˈtə-​chē-​nəs How to pronounce touchiness (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 This is, of course, a touchy subject politically: The idea of raising taxes on anyone but the very rich is not popular. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Will a wealth tax change the behavior of the very rich?," 8 Nov. 2019 Content about suicide can be a touchy subject and complex issue for social networking websites that receive conflicting guidance from users and experts. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Instagram says it will block content that depicts suicide and self-harm," 28 Oct. 2019 Using state money to lure film and movie production while other priorities such as education and transportation remain underfunded has always been a touchy subject politically. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado commission saves the day by diverting funds to keep film program rolling," 18 Oct. 2019 The legal status of digital tokens is a touchy subject for the crypto industry. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Blockchain Taps Blackrock and Goldman Sachs Vet as Its General Counsel," 1 Oct. 2019 Sinatra, a rather touchy and somewhat bigoted codger in these pages, earned as much as $100,000 a week for his residency at Caesars Palace. The Economist, "When the King saved Vegas," 11 July 2019 The topic is very touchy, and the USDA Dietary Guidelines and the American Heart Association still recommend limiting your intake and opting for monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats instead. SELF, "19 Healthy, High-Fat Foods to Keep You Full and Satisfied," 8 Aug. 2019 Hence, their proposals for a bigger claims pool, putting representatives of a future wildfire claims fund and customers on PG&E’s board and committing PG&E to honor existing renewable-energy supply contracts (a touchy subject). Washington Post, "PG&E Needs New Money, Not New Obligations," 27 June 2019 Using a trustee’s business as a measure of his or her suitability to serve, which means in this case to hold power, is exceedingly touchy. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Museum Happenings: Protesters Stage a Die-In in NYC, and Students Accuse Staff of Racism in Boston," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of touchy

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of touchy was in 1602

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19 Nov 2019

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“Touchy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce touchy (audio)

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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