tetchily
adverb see tetchy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tetchily — adverb /ˈtɛtʃ.ɪ.li/ In an annoyed or irritated manner. Do be quiet, will you, or I shall miss it all, cried Jabez, tetchily. Syn: irascibly, peevishly, testily See Also: tetchiness, tetchy …   Wiktionary

  • tetchily — tetchy ► ADJECTIVE ▪ bad tempered and irritable. DERIVATIVES tetchily adverb tetchiness noun. ORIGIN probably from Scots tache «blotch, fault», from Old French teche …   English terms dictionary

  • tetchily — adverb in an ill natured and tetchy manner Are you sure? he asked her tetchily • Derived from adjective: ↑tetchy …   Useful english dictionary

  • tetchily — See tetchy. * * * …   Universalium

  • tetchily — tetch·i·ly …   English syllables

  • tetchily — See: tetchy …   English dictionary

  • tetchy — tetchily, adv. tetchiness, n. /tech ee/, adj. tetchier, tetchiest. irritable; touchy. Also, techy. [1585 95; orig. uncert.; cf. TETCHED, Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • tetchy — adjective (tetchier; est) Etymology: perhaps from obsolete tetch habit Date: 1592 irritably or peevishly sensitive ; touchy < the tetchy manner of two women living in the same house Elizabeth Taylor †1975 > • tetchily adverb • tetchiness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tetchiness — See tetchily. * * * …   Universalium

  • tetchiness — noun The quality of being tetchy, or irritable See Also: tetchily, tetchy …   Wiktionary

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