American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Peevish; testy: "As a critic gets older, he or she usually grows more tetchy and limited in responses” ( James Wolcott).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. See techy.
- adj. easily irritated or annoyed
- 1592, teachie, in Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene iii, line 32. (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The narrative now is that he is getting "tetchy" about the stupid questions the media keep asking.”
“I just have to hope that this kind of tetchy judicial questioning is the way they push the lawyers to make their best case.”
“I guess "tetchy" came in when they completely revised it.”
“MPA member Jenny Jones accused Mr Yates of being "tetchy" with the MPA when the issue was last discussed.”
“He sits up in Connecticut, splendidly isolated, working day and night, a lonely and rather tetchy old man.”
“It's down to midback again, and I'm very tetchy about it; at this length it's so heavy that it pulls most of the curl out of itself.”
“I get tetchy, wanting to go out and get things done.”
“Such things make the Davidites curse, along with his occasionally tetchy manner on television or a tendency to talk at, rather than to, some of his parliamentary colleagues.”
“The intention was to station one in each of his three main homes, he explained in that permanently tetchy rasp, but he loves them too much to leave them alone.”
“And on this showing, the auspices are good, by and large making those dissenting voices seem querulous and tetchy.”
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