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.
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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
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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
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tetchy

[ˈtɛtʃɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → irritabile, irascibile
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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."
His serious tone was bordering on tetchy but what some respectable names have said about Bruce was also evident.
The Star Wars actress, who had a heart attack in 2016, played her tetchy motherin-law Mia in Sharon's Channel 4 show Catastrophe.
JOSE MOURINHO denied any rift with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward during a tetchy pre-match press conference.
Negotiating with her Cabinet Ministers and Tory MPs, Tetchy Theresa's inability to negotiate for the UK with 27 other European countries was brutally exposed by the Labour leader.
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.
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.