Adjective "touchy" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Easily upset or offended; oversensitive.
  1. 'They often lash out suddenly and for no apparent reason, and may seem to be touchy or irritable most of the time.'
  2. 'Suffice to say, the authorities may have been a bit touchy.'
  3. 'If you go too slowly, the person thinks you don't want to hug them, and you have a touchy, cranky person on your hands for the rest of the evening.'
  4. 'They seem a touchy and aggressive lot and none of them seem to realize that aggression just leads to counter-aggression.'
  5. 'Like other rail bosses, Mr Pollard is touchy about accusations that not enough has been done to improve rail safety in the year since Paddington.'
  6. 'In fact, estate agents are extremely touchy about how much they influence ever-spiralling house prices.'
  7. 'Even cool Capricorns can get touchy and easily upset during the Time of the Crab.'
  8. 'And with Americans so touchy about their civil liberties, the Feds have to be legally covered to the hilt before they go snooping.'
  9. 'Okay, I'm touchy at the moment, that goes without saying.'
  10. 'Now that the national has gone from relaxed and comfortable to alert but not alarmed, everyone's a little touchy about who might be up to no good.'
  11. 'the monarchy has become a touchy topic'
  12. 'The biggest expenditure in those days was the horse feed for the fire department, a touchy subject in a town that had already burned down a couple of times by then.'
  13. 'In any event, the White House tonight is maintaining a diplomatic silence on this apparently very touchy subject.'
  14. 'This young man obviously knows how to handle touchy diplomatic situations.'
  15. 'The city, hoping to stave off a touchy situation, tested the water, which turned out to be harmless.'
  16. 'By acquiescing to both England and Germany through the Iberian Indecision, France completely avoids this touchy issue.'
  17. 'Suggesting that design controls might have a racial aspect to them is a touchy topic, however it is naive to pretend that they might not.'
  18. 'They've actually hit upon a touchy topic here, so the less you let them know it bothers you, the better off you'll be.'
  19. 'In this kind of situation, touchy subjects are skirted and cones of silence descend.'
  20. 'He addressed the touchy issue of European-American relations.'
  21. 'This was unsurprising, since the topic is touchy and the play controversial.'


1. apt to take offense on slight provocation; irritable: He is very touchy when he's sick.

2. requiring caution, tactfulness, or expert handling; precarious; risky: a touchy subject; a touchy situation.

3. sensitive to touch.

4. easily ignited, as tinder.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be touchy about everythings."

"people can be touchy in/at/on tonights."

"people can be touchy in/at/on times."

"people can be touchy with people."

"people can be touchy with everyones."

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Early 17th century: perhaps an alteration of tetchy, influenced by touch.