Meaning of touchy

touch•y

Pronunciation: (tuch'ē), [key]
— touch•i•er, touch•i•est.
  1. apt to take offense on slight provocation; irritable: He is very touchy when he's sick.
  2. requiring caution, tactfulness, or expert handling; precarious; risky: a touchy subject; a touchy situation.
  3. sensitive to touch.
  4. easily ignited, as tinder.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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