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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)

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.

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."