touchy

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From touch + -y

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touchy (comparative touchier, superlative touchiest)

  1. (of a situation) Extremely sensitive or volatile; easily disturbed to the point of becoming unstable; requiring caution or tactfulness.
    It is an extremely touchy situation, with everybody's patience wearing thin.
  2. (of a person) Easily offended; oversensitive; ticklish.
    He can be very touchy when you talk about his cat, so be as tactful as possible.

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