[ UK /tˈɛt‍ʃi/ ]
  1. easily irritated or annoyed
    not the least nettlesome of his countrymen
    an incorrigibly fractious young man
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How To Use tetchy In A Sentence

  • Tetchy, funny, ugly and clever, this replays the dynamic of a first-class film noir.
  • Such things make the Davidites curse, along with his occasionally tetchy manner on television or a tendency to talk at, rather than to, some of his parliamentary colleagues. David Miliband has left frontline politics – but for how long?
  • What was once funny now looks merely tetchy. Times, Sunday Times
  • So it's not surprising she's a little tetchy. Times, Sunday Times
  • Once or twice in the second half matters got a bit tetchy and referee Fintan Barrett - who has had better games all round - had no real options but to dismiss a player from each side in separate incidents.
  • When we first speak on the phone Judy seems tired and tetchy.
  • He started spending more and more time at home and ironically this seemed to trouble my mother because she became so irritable and tetchy, and so I made it a point to stay away from home.
  • But still the Arno is a mountain stream, and liable to be tetchy and turbulent like all its kindred, and no doubt it often finds its borders of hewn stone not too far apart for its convenience. Passages from the French and Italian Notebooks, Complete
  • I guess "tetchy" came in when they completely revised it. Languagehat.com: TITCHY.
  • I'm feeling just a wee bit dehydrated and ever-so-slightly tetchy.
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