American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Informal Marked by or emphasizing physical closeness and emotional openness: became uncomfortable when the group therapy session got too touchy-feely.
- adj. Informal Based on sentiment or intuition, especially to the exclusion of critical judgment: "a book that proves the existence of the Almighty ... without recourse to spiritual mumbo jumbo or any of that touchy-feely faith stuff” ( Adam Begley).
- adj. informal Having a fondness for physical contact with other people, especially to an excessive degree.
- adj. idiomatic, usually derogatory Driven by intuition or emotion, with a connotation of de-emphasis of rational thought or logic.
- adj. idiomatic, usually derogatory Appealing to emotion, sympathy, or romance.
- adj. (often derogatory) openly expressing love and affection (especially through physical contact)
“David Cameron's early burst of touchy-feely decontamination distracted us from Conservative Europhobia; the likes of Ken Clarke and Michael Heseltine remind us that once it didn't have nearly as much purchase on the Tory soul, and it was Labour's ranks that feared the clutches of Brussels.”
“Already, we Labour members are being subject to a "touchy-feely" policy questionnaire about re-engagement, realignment and forging contracts with communities.”
“Yea; if you can do touchy-feely smoke and mirrors to mask the actual CONTENT of the proposed bills, maybe they can sneak this healthcare nightmare through.”
“Firebrand technology author Michael Arrington writes, "Make no mistake, the touchy-feely talk about user experience is little more than a coat of paint on top of a monumental hatred of Microsoft.”
“Then you extremists can look at me through your far-right-wing-colored glasses and call this crusty old seadog a "touchy-feely liberal" for not being in lock-step with the Republicans.”
“The Mavericks, with 250 slaps, hugs, taps or bumps, are almost twice as touchy-feely as the Heat, who had only 134 instances of televised contact.”
“They were very touchy-feely, both laughing and really happy.”
“None of that subjective, touchy-feely stuff about the morality of acause.”
“There was no touchy-feely reference to "by mutual consent" and there was no mention of compensation for loss of office.”
“Of course, this is speculative, touchy-feely stuff.”
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