Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to take offense with slight cause; oversensitive.
  • adj. Requiring special tact or skill in handling; delicate: a touchy situation.
  • adj. Highly sensitive to touch. Used of a body part.
  • adj. Easily ignited; flammable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Extremely sensitive or volatile; easily disturbed to the point of becoming unstable; requiring caution or tactfulness.
  • adj. Easily offended; oversensitive; ticklish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Peevish; irritable; irascible; techy; apt to take fire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Apt to take offense on slight provocation; irritable; irascible; peevish; testy: tetchy.
  • In decorative art, made up of small points, broken lines, or touches, and not drawn in a firm unbroken line, as the outline of any pattern.

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

  • adj. difficult to handle; requiring great tact
  • adj. quick to take offense

Etymologies

From touch + -y (Wiktionary)

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