Definitions

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  • adv. In an annoyed or irritated manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See techily, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an ill-natured and tetchy manner

Etymologies

From tetchy +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I must admit to sometimes tetchily muttering “Does it have to be that loud?” but no, carry on the good work.

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  • By 2007, in a question and answer session on the internet organised through jihadi forums, it was Zawahiri who was on the defensive, tetchily answering aggressive emailed questions about al-Qaida's record of killing Muslims.

    Ayman al-Zawahiri: Al-Qaida's arrogant doctor of death | The Observer profile

  • Accused of having left the front door open when going shopping, she tetchily inquires, "What was I supposed to do, take the furniture with me?"

    The Prisoner of Second Avenue

  • Will asks, rather tetchily, as we head toward his Golf for a bit of privacy.

    Confetti Confidential

  • I stand by my point (which is basically that I agree that there was a terrible breach of confidentiality, but I'm entitled to add that I don't have as much sympathy for this patient as I might in other circumstances) but let's all pretend that I expressed myself less tetchily ...

    Genital Photos, HIPAA and the Media

  • Sofos replied tetchily: "You may well have a group but it will be significantly weaker than the European People's Party, no?"

    ATTACK!

  • Ill excuse your ramblings only because youve clearly hit your head, DArby responded tetchily.

    The Edge of Madness

  • She may have even been instrumental in bringing them back on stage after hubby tetchily marched the band off just on the hour mark.

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  • "Nothing, if you keep on like that," a voice responded tetchily from the cave.

    Dragon's Fire

  • Well aware that her own irritability had a lot to do with frustration, Becca snapped back tetchily, ‘Don’t be stupid.

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