tetchiness


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tetch·y

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tetchiness - feeling easily irritatedtetchiness - feeling easily irritated    

tetchiness

or techiness
noun
A tendency to become angry or irritable:
Informal: dander.
Slang: short fuse.
Idiom: low boiling point.
Translations

tetchiness

[ˈtetʃɪnɪs] Nirritabilidad f

tetchiness

n (esp Brit inf) (on particular occasion) → Gereiztheit f; (as general characteristic) → Reizbarkeit f
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