tetchy


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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.

tetchy

(ˈtɛtʃɪ)
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]
ˈtetchily adv
ˈtetchiness n

tetch•y

(ˈtɛtʃ i)

adj. tetch•i•er, tetch•i•est.
irritable; touchy.
[1585–95; perhaps b. touchy and dial. tetch mark, spot < Middle French]
tetch′i•ly, adv.
tetch′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tetchy - easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

tetchy

tetchy

also techy
adjective
Translations

tetchy

[ˈtetʃɪ] ADJ (tetchier (compar) (tetchiest (superl))) [person] → irritable, picajoso; [mood] → irritable

tetchy

[ˈtɛtʃi] adjirascible

tetchy

, techy
adj (+er) (esp Brit inf) (on particular occasion) → gereizt; (as general characteristic) → reizbar

tetchy

[ˈtɛtʃɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → irritabile, irascibile
References in classic literature ?
You are the sweetest temper in the world, but you are so tetchy with your brothers.
Not tetchy, mamma: you never hear me speak in an unladylike way.
TETCHY Tennys Sandgren accused the media of "demonising" him in a bizarre rant following his quarter-final defeat.
BORO'S last trip to Loftus Road was pretty eventful: Grant Leadbitter missed a penalty but silenced the crowd; a commanding lead turned into a tense and tetchy frantic finish, QPR had a perfectly good goal ruled out, there was a touchline bust-up on the whistle and Junior Hoilett slithered out of play and disappeared down a TV camera pit.
An increasingly tetchy Mr Purnell, 47, replied: "The vast majority of people in this country have a range of views - some people have very strong religious views, some people have strong atheistic views.
Michael Chadderton MAD Friday is the day after Annoyed Thursday and two days after Tetchy Wednesday but three days after Slightly Disgruntled Tuesday.
The Reds boss has often been criticised for his animated reactions on the touchline but his behaviour came under more scrutiny following a tetchy television interview after Everton secured a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday with a penalty he felt should not have been given.
On Monday, despite having beaten Benoit Paire just seconds earlier, he came across as a bit tetchy when quizzed about aspects of the match by a BBC reporter.
NOEL Edmonds has accused "callous" Phillip Schofield of stitching him up over their tetchy TV cancer interview.
Unfortunately, the film ends up in a position best described as the top of the bottom of the barrel: a tetchy, pummeling experience devoid of any real wit, invention or suspense, but boasting enough of a professional sheen and a sufficiently stacked cast to carve out some niche space overseas and on VOD.
It was certainly not a good performance mentally from Murray, who was tetchy throughout and committed far too many errors.
The woman next door, a very distant, haughty and very tetchy individual who kept herself very much to herself actually spoke to me out of the blue.