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also 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.]

tetch′i·ly adv.
tetch′i·ness n.
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Adv.1.tetchily - in an ill-natured and tetchy manner; "`Are you sure?' he asked her tetchily"


[ˈtetʃɪlɪ] ADVcon irritación, malhumoradamente


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Thomas Jefferson, one of America's founding fathers, tetchily described democracy as nothing more than "mob rule, where fifty-one per cent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
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The Serbian's anger was evident as he tetchily paced around centre court, but as he started to find his range from the baseline his temper settled and so too the match fell his way.
At this point our rambling dialogue was cut short by a rumbling epilogue - our stomachs tetchily groaned to be filled.
I can't stand windows, those you can look out of, even less," she added tetchily.
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McQuitty maintained that the printing 'took over 12 months to complete', and concluded tetchily, 'It was not an easy book to produce, and I can assure you that I was glad to see the end'.