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tetch·yalso tech·y (tĕch′ē)
adj. tetch·i·er, tetch·i·est also tech·i·er or tech·i·est
Peevish; testy: "As a critic gets older, he or she usually grows more tetchy and limited in responses" (James Wolcott).
[Probably from Middle English tache, teche, blemish (influenced by touchy), from Old French tache, teche, from Vulgar Latin *tacca, from Gothic taikns, sign; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]
adj, tetchier or tetchiest
being or inclined to be cross, irritable, or touchy
[C16: probably from obsolete tetch defect, from Old French tache spot, of Germanic origin]
adj. tetch•i•er, tetch•i•est.
[1585–95; perhaps b. touchy and dial. tetch mark, spot < Middle French]
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|Adj.||1.||tetchy - easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"|
irritable, peevish, pettish, petulant, techy, testy, scratchy, nettlesome, peckish, cranky, fractious
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
adjective irritable, cross, grumpy, crabbed, impatient, snappy, sullen, touchy, bad-tempered, petulant, irascible, cantankerous, peppery, ratty (Brit. & N.Z. informal), testy, quarrelsome, chippy (informal), fretful, short-tempered, waspish, peevish, quick-tempered, splenetic, snappish, liverish, captious You always get tetchy when you're hungry.