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English definition of “touchy”

touchy

adjective     /ˈtʌtʃ.i/
easily offended or upset: You have to be careful what you say to Kevin - he's rather touchy. She's very touchy about the fact that her husband has been married before.Becoming too excited and easily upset needing to be dealt with carefully: This is a touchy subject/issue/point, so we'd better avoid it.Complicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand touchily     /-ɪ.li/ adverb Bad-tempered touchiness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Everyone is aware of the touchiness of the situation (= that it needs to be dealt with carefully).Bad-tempered
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