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- In an annoyed or irritated manner.
- 1862, Henry Mayhew, chapter V, in Young Benjamin Franklin:
- "Do be quiet, will you, or I shall miss it all," cried Jabez, tetchily.
- 2001, Zadie Smith, White Teeth: A Novel, page 325:
- "No, indeed. He got me dis little buggy—"
"Sidecar," corrected Ryan tetchily. "It's called a sidecar."