touchier, touchiest
1) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ about n (disapproval) If you describe someone as touchy, you mean that they are easily upset, offended, or irritated.

She is very touchy about her past...

Don't be so touchy.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you say that something is a touchy subject, you mean that it is a subject that needs to be dealt with carefully and in a sensitive way, because it might upset or offend people.

...the touchy question of political reform.


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