Definition of Touchy

1. Adjective. Quick to take offense.

Exact synonyms: Feisty, Huffy, Thin-skinned
Similar to: Sensitive
Derivative terms: Huffiness, Touchiness



2. Adjective. Difficult to handle; requiring great tact. "A touchy subject"
Exact synonyms: Delicate, Ticklish
Similar to: Difficult, Hard

Definition of Touchy

1. a. Peevish; irritable; irascible; techy; apt to take fire.

Definition of Touchy

1. Adjective. (context: of a situation) Extremely sensitive or volatile; easily disturbed to the point of becoming unstable; requiring caution or tactfulness. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of a person) Easily offended; oversensitive; ticklish. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Touchy

1. overly sensitive [adj TOUCHIER, TOUCHIEST] : TOUCHILY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Touchy

touchpanels
touchpaper
touchpoint
touchpoints
touchscreen
touchscreens
touchstone
touchstones
toucht
touchtone
touchtones
touchup
touchups
touchwood
touchwoods
touchy (current term)
touchy-feeliness
touchy-feely
tough
tough-head
tough-minded
tough-pitch
tough-skinned
tough call
tough case
tough cookie
tough cookies
tough crowd
tough guy
tough love

Literary usage of Touchy

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1. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"muling ; " bat bow touchy roa mast be. ' Don't yoa know that women пате the privi-, lege of unpunctuality ? don't yoa know it u one of the few prerogatives ..."

2. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"touchy. Apt to take offence on slight provocation. AV touches pat, "Jyo/i me tangen" one not to be touched. Tour. The Grund Tour. ..."

3. A New Malagasy-English Dictionary by James Richardson (1885)
"fig. easily offended, touchy. KIA'N-TE'NY, ». [TENY, a word.] A In the morning. ... To be blamed, to be found fault with ; hasty, touchy. KI'ANII'ANY, ». ..."

4. The Lives of the Right Hon. Francis North, Baron Guilford, Lord Keeper of by Roger North (1826)
"... used to such generous dealing in touchy matters among his counsellors. His lord- I have here touched upon some passages only chief corf which might tend ..."

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