What is another word for touchily?

Pronunciation: [tˈʌt͡ʃɪlɪ] (IPA)

Touchily is an adjective used to describe someone who is easily offended or sensitive. Synonyms for touchily include irritable, testy, touchy, moody, cranky, and touch-and-go. Other similar words include thin-skinned, prickly, hypersensitive, and easily upset. Touchily can also be replaced with emotional, volatile, or reactionary. When describing someone who is touchily, it is important to be careful with your words as they can easily become agitated or upset. It is best to use a gentle approach when dealing with someone who is touchily, being mindful of their feelings and emotions to avoid causing unnecessary discomfort.

Usage examples for Touchily

To her visitor's remark on their resemblance to each other, she replied touchily, "I suppose you've seen many girls called Rose, who were alike when born, but they differ enough later!
"The Rainbow Book Tales of Fun & Fancy"
Mabel Henriette Spielmann
"No," said the latter touchily, "I be not agreed.
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman"
Thomas Hardy
She watched Janet pay the fares as in a dream, without even offering her own penny, though as a rule she was touchily punctilious in sharing expenses with the sumptuous Janet.
"Hilda Lessways"
Arnold Bennett

Related words: gently, lightly, softly, carefully, gently touch, light touch, carefully touch

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