tetched

tetched

also teched  (tĕcht)
adj. Informal
Somewhat unbalanced mentally; touched.

[Alteration (influenced by obsolete tached, of a given disposition) of touched.]

tetched

or teched

(tɛtʃt)

adj.
touched; slightly crazy.
[1925–30, Amer.; alter. of touched, perhaps with vowel of tetchy]
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To readers of the ubiquitous Crockett Almanacs, he was a devilish--and witty--trickster, violent, racist, crude, and exuberant--"a ring-tailed roarer, half horse, half alligator and a little tetched with snapping turtle.
Written by a finalist for an Asian American Literary Award, Tetched is a coming-of-age novel from the first-person perspective of a biracial narrator, who grows up in rural America yet escapes the repetition of country life for new experiences in the city, pursuing a college career.
The Southern version of this state, touched in the head (presumably with the finger of God), often phrased as tetched in the haid, like or simply tetched, is similar.
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