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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"
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[ˈtetʃɪlɪ] ADVcon irritación, malhumoradamente
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