from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The character of being touchy; peevishness; irritability; irascibility.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The quality or state of being touchy; peevishness; irritability; irascibility.
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- noun the property of being
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- noun feeling easily irritated
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There is a disease called "touchiness" -- a disease which, in spite of its innocent name, is one of the gravest sources of restlessness in the world.
"touchiness" -- a disease which, in spite of its innocent name, is one of the gravest sources of restlessness in the world.
Perhaps it's the subject - people seem to get rather touchy about it, a convenient kind of touchiness though.
The feud with Charles Kean was kept up to the end; Punch speaks of his "touchiness," and certainly spared no means of getting him on the raw.
He liked that absence of all "touchiness" from her, and felt that a man could rest comfortably on her good breeding.
Out of this temperament has grown the self-consciousness, the uneasy vanity, the "touchiness" which has made Germany of late years the despair of the diplomats all over the world.
"touchiness" of "the Republican" -- so the American novelist is styled -- as evinced by the indignation of the latter at the conduct of Lord Nugent.
This is a case which, because it is so tightly bound up with over-touchiness and emotionalism on both sides, simply defies the rigorous, rational application of the law.
So, under such circumstances, the writer finds himself 'twixt the devil and the deep sea; on the one hand the touchiness of the editor, on the other the loss of the manuscript.
She liked the touchiness and felt flattered of how proud he seemed of her.