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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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tetchy

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tetchy

also techy
adjective
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Translations

tetchy

[ˈtetʃɪ] ADJ (tetchier (compar) (tetchiest (superl))) [person] → irritable, picajoso; [mood] → irritable
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

tetchy

[ˈtɛtʃi] adjirascible
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

tetchy

, techy
adj (+er) (esp Brit inf) (on particular occasion) → gereizt; (as general characteristic) → reizbar
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

tetchy

[ˈtɛtʃɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → irritabile, irascibile
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in periodicals archive ?
But we also saw Cook's tetchier side an hour into the match when referee Robert Jones incorrectly overturned the nearside linesman's decision to award a throw to West Brom.
Edmund, who contributed 48 of those errors, seemed tetchier than usual, appearing distracted by camera clicks from courtside photographers as he went to serve.
Edmund seemed tetchier than usual, appearing distracted by camera clicks from courtside photographers as he went to serve.
Passages from Christina's correspondence with her brother Dante Gabriel better fit this sense of indebtedness, and the tetchier rejoinder to such indebtedness, than the gentler but also more guarded way in which she usually addresses Cayley.
They got tetchier still as passes began to go sideways and back, while initial forward forays generally fizzled out.
That as soon as someone says (rightly or wrongly) that you're in a tetchy mood, you become immediately 100% tetchier.
And there's Mr Cameron's performance in the House of Commons which become tetchier by the week.
The game had been getting tetchier and tetchier and when Brown won a corner from a drop ball the visiting players and management were livid.