Touchily \Touch"i*ly\ (t[u^]ch"[i^]*l[y^]), adv. In a touchy manner. [1913 Webster]

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  • touchily — touchy ► ADJECTIVE (touchier, touchiest) 1) quick to take offence; oversensitive. 2) (of a situation or issue) requiring careful handling. DERIVATIVES touchily adverb touchiness noun. ORIGIN perhaps an alteration of …   English terms dictionary

  • touchily — adverb in a touchy manner he touchily refused all offers to help • Derived from adjective: ↑touchy …   Useful english dictionary

  • touchily — adverb see touchy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • touchily — See touchy. * * * …   Universalium

  • touchily — adverb In a touchy manner …   Wiktionary

  • touchily — adv. irritably, testily, grumpily, sensitively …   English contemporary dictionary

  • touchily — touch·i·ly …   English syllables

  • touchily — See: touchy …   English dictionary

  • touchy — touchily, adv. touchiness, n. /tuch ee/, adj., touchier, touchiest. 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… …   Universalium

  • touchy — adjective (touchier; est) Date: 1605 1. marked by readiness to take offense on slight provocation < he s a little touchy about his past > 2. a. of a body part acutely sensitive or irritable b. of a chemical highly explosive or inflammable 3.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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