Definition of touchy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtʌtʃi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌtʃi//
    (touchier, touchiest)
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  1. 1[not usually before noun] touchy (about something) (of a person) easily upset or offended synonym sensitive He's a little touchy about his weight. She gets very touchy if you mention the divorce.
  2. 2[usually before noun] (of a subject) that may upset or offend people and should therefore be dealt with carefully synonym delicate, sensitive I can’t understand why her resignation is still such a touchy subject.
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: perhaps an alteration of tetchy, influenced by touch.Extra examples He seems very touchy today. I felt somewhat touchy about my role in last night’s disaster. I’m a bit touchy on that topic right now. She became touchy and irritable. That’s a very touchy subject with him right now. He’s a little touchy about his weight.
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