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.