tetchy

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Etymology[edit]

1592, teachie, in Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene iii, line 32.

Presumably from Middle English tatch, tache, tecche, teche (blemish), influenced by touchy, from Old French tache, teche (Modern French tache), from Vulgar Latin *tacca, from Gothic 𐍄𐌰𐌹𐌺𐌽𐍃 (taikns, sign) (compare Old English tācen (sign, token), Modern English token), from Proto-Indo-European *deik-.[1][2][3]

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tetchy (comparative tetchier, superlative tetchiest)

  1. Easily annoyed or irritated; peevish, testy or irascible

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References[edit]

  1. ^ tetchy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ American Heritage Dictionary: "tetchy" etymology
  3. ^ T. F. HOAD. "tetchy." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. 1996. Encyclopedia.com. 17 Jan. 2010.