Definitions

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  • noun See techiness.

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  • noun The quality of being tetchy, or irritable

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  • noun feeling easily irritated

Etymologies

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tetchy +‎ -ness

Examples

  • A simple display of name-calling tetchiness is one thing, but your fear she will not return your DVD suggests you may have gone a tad further than that.

    HomePage - The Sun

  • A simple display of name-calling tetchiness is one thing, but your fear she will not return your DVD suggests you may have gone a tad further than that.

    HomePage - The Sun

  • Sarah Quintrell is a model of crisp common sense as Roberta; Caroline Harker as the mother reveals occasional tetchiness beneath the good samaritan; and Marshall Lancaster as the porter blends kindliness with the prickliness of someone who won't be patronised.

    The Railway Children

  • Ironically, the tetchiness of Indian elites, and indeed much of the middle class, springs largely from success.

    How to (Super)bug an Aspiring Superpower

  • Excellent analysis, displaying your usual tetchiness and unsparing scrutiny…

    Reading Challenge #11 – To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip José Farmer « It Doesn't Have To Be Right…

  • With the tetchiness of a patriarch whom no one heeds but whose nagging voice won't get off the intercom, Norman Podhoretz asks the vexing question: "Why Are Jews Liberals?"

    James Wolcott's Blog

  • His tetchiness, fear, and the stammering are only likely to increase, particularly if he learns that he has been nicknamed “Arkwright” after the stuttering Barker character.

    Brown Trounces Ming at PMQs

  • Chernow, who won the National Book Award for "The House of Morgan," shows all Hamilton's complexity and inconsistency: his flirtatiousness, religiosity, manic productivity (his collected writings run to 22,000 pages), tetchiness, well-hidden insecurity and his tendency to self-destruct.

    ALEXANDER THE GREAT

  • The tetchiness is only going to get worse the nearer nulabour's conference gets!

    Rattled

  • Among those involved with the film, all this has led to an evident tetchiness.

    Feeling Listless - "Taking the credit for your second symphony."

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