Definition of "touchy" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Extremely risky (adjective)
  • Easily ignited (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "touchy" in a sentence
  • "BENNETT: It is an interesting thing about Huckabee, what you called touchy feely."
  • "This has never happened to me in touchy Chiapas or Oaxaca or even very touchy Mexico City."
  • "A Ph.D. in statistics and a onetime professor, he is data-driven, quirky, and not at all what Dr. Phil might describe as touchy-feely."