Definitions for touchyˈtʌtʃ i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

touch•yˈtʌtʃ i(adj.)i•er, i•est.

  1. apt to take offense on slight provocation; irritable.

  2. requiring caution, tactfulness, or expert handling; precarious; risky.

  3. sensitive to touch.

  4. easily ignited, as tinder.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. huffy, thin-skinned, feisty, touchy(adj)

    quick to take offense

  2. delicate, ticklish, touchy(adj)

    difficult to handle; requiring great tact

    "delicate negotiations with the big powers";"hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"; "a touchy subject"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. touchy(adjective)ˈtʌtʃ i


    What are you being so touchy about?

  2. touchyˈtʌtʃ i

    likely to cause anger or upset; = sensitive

    a touchy subject


  1. touchy(Adjective)

    Extremely sensitive or volatile; easily disturbed to the point of becoming unstable; requiring caution or tactfulness.

    It is an extremely touchy situation, with everybody's patience wearing thin.

  2. touchy(Adjective)

    Easily offended; oversensitive; ticklish.

    He can be very touchy when you talk about his cat, so be as tactful as possible.

  3. Origin: From touch + -y#Etymology 1

Webster Dictionary

  1. Touchy(adj)

    peevish; irritable; irascible; techy; apt to take fire


  1. Touchy!

    "Touchy!" is the third single to be released by A-ha from the Stay on These Roads album. The bassline on this song was recorded using a Yamaha DX7. It achieved world sales of approximately 900,000 copies.

Translations for touchy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


easily annoyed or offended

You're very touchy today; in rather a touchy mood.

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