- easily offended; oversensitive; irritable
- sensitive to touch; easily irritated, as a part of the body
- very risky: a touchy situation
- highly flammable or readily ignited
Origin of touchytouch + -y: also (sense 1) altered ; from techy
- Tending to take offense with slight cause; oversensitive.
- Requiring special tact or skill in handling; delicate: a touchy situation.
- Highly sensitive to touch. Used of a body part.
- Easily ignited or exploded.
(comparative touchier, superlative touchiest)
- (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.
- (of a person) Easily offended; oversensitive; ticklish.
- He can be very touchy when you talk about his cat, so be as tactful as possible.
From touch + -y