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touch·y

 (tŭch′ē)
adj. touch·i·er, touch·i·est
1. Tending to take offense with slight cause; oversensitive.
2. Requiring special tact or skill in handling; delicate: a touchy situation.
3. Highly sensitive to touch. Used of a body part.
4. Easily ignited or exploded.

touch′i·ly adv.
touch′i·ness n.

touchy

(ˈtʌtʃɪ)
adj, touchier or touchiest
1. easily upset or irritated; oversensitive
2. extremely risky
3. easily ignited
ˈtouchily adv
ˈtouchiness n

touch•y

(ˈtʌtʃ i)

adj. i•er, i•est.
1. apt to take offense on slight provocation; irritable.
2. requiring caution, tactfulness, or expert handling; precarious; risky.
3. sensitive to touch.
4. easily ignited, as tinder.
[1595–1605]
touch′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.touchy - quick to take offensetouchy - quick to take offense    
sensitive - being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others; "sensitive to the local community and its needs"
2.touchy - difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate negotiations with the big powers";"hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"; "a touchy subject"
difficult, hard - not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

touchy

touchy

adjective
2. Requiring great tact or skill:
Translations
حَسَّاسشَديد الحَساسيَه، سَريع التأثُّر
nedůtklivý
pirrelig
herkkänahkainen
osjetljiv
fyrtinn
怒りっぽい
화를 잘 내는
občutljiv
snarstucken
ฉุนเฉียวโกรธง่าย
hay giận dỗi

touchy

[ˈtʌtʃɪ] ADJ (touchier (compar) (touchiest (superl)))
1. (= sensitive) [person] → susceptible; [subject] → delicado
to be touchyofenderse por poca cosa, ser (muy) susceptible
he's touchy about his weightsu peso es un tema delicado
that's a touchy subject with himes delicado mencionarle ese asunto
2. (= tactile) [person] → sobón

touchy

[ˈtʌtʃi] adj [person] → susceptible; [subject] → délicat(e)
She's a bit touchy → Elle est un peu susceptible.
to be touchy about sth → être chatouilleux/euse sur qchtouchy-feely [ˌtʌtʃiˈfiːli] adj [song, speech, attitude] → émotionnel(le)

touchy

adjempfindlich (→ about in Bezug auf +acc); (= irritable also)leicht reizbar; subjectheikel, kitzlig (inf)

touchy

[ˈtʌtʃɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (person) → permaloso/a, suscettibile; (subject) → delicato/a
he's touchy about his weight → è molto suscettibile quando si parla del suo peso

touch

(tatʃ) verb
1. to be in, come into, or make, contact with something else. Their shoulders touched; He touched the water with his foot.
2. to feel (lightly) with the hand. He touched her cheek.
3. to affect the feelings of; to make (someone) feel pity, sympathy etc. I was touched by her generosity.
4. to be concerned with; to have anything to do with. I wouldn't touch a job like that.
noun
1. an act or sensation of touching. I felt a touch on my shoulder.
2. (often with the) one of the five senses, the sense by which we feel things. the sense of touch; The stone felt cold to the touch.
3. a mark or stroke etc to improve the appearance of something. The painting still needs a few finishing touches.
4. skill or style. He hasn't lost his touch as a writer.
5. (in football) the ground outside the edges of the pitch (which are marked out with ˈtouchlines). He kicked the ball into touch.
ˈtouching adjective
moving; causing emotion. a touching story.
ˈtouchingly adverb
in a moving way, so as to cause emotion. Her face was touchingly childlike.
ˈtouchy adjective
easily annoyed or offended. You're very touchy today; in rather a touchy mood.
ˈtouchily adverb
ˈtouchiness noun
ˈtouch screen noun
a computer screen that responds to the user's touch on its surface.
in touch (with)
in communication (with). I have kept in touch with my school-friends.
lose touch (with)
to stop communicating (with). I used to see him quite often but we have lost touch.
out of touch (with)
1. not in communication (with).
2. not sympathetic or understanding (towards). Older people sometimes seem out of touch with the modern world.
a touch
a small quantity or degree. The soup needs a touch of salt; a touch of imagination.
touch down
1. (of aircraft) to land. The plane should touch down at 2 o'clock.
2. in rugby and American football, to put the ball on the ground behind the opposite team's goal line (noun ˈtouch-down).
touch off
to make (something) explode. a spark touched off the gunpowder; His remark touched off an argument.
touch up
to improve eg paintwork, a photograph etc by small touches. The photograph had been touched up.
touch wood
(used as an interjection) to touch something made of wood superstitiously, in order to avoid bad luck. None of the children has ever had a serious illness, touch wood!

touchy

حَسَّاس nedůtklivý pirrelig empfindlich μυγιάγγιχτος susceptible herkkänahkainen susceptible osjetljiv permaloso 怒りっぽい 화를 잘 내는 overgevoelig overfølsom drażliwy sensitivo, sensível чувствительный snarstucken ฉุนเฉียวโกรธง่าย hassas hay giận dỗi 暴躁的
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