easily becoming offended or annoyed
She is very touchy about her past.
a subject etc that needs to be dealt with very carefully, especially because it may offend people:
Asking about a reporter's sources can be a touchy business.
—touchiness noun [uncountable]WORD FOCUS: difficult
difficult to do: hard, tough, challenging, daunting
difficult and needing a lot of physical effort: tough, strenuous, back-breaking, gruelling, arduous, punishing
difficult to deal with or talk about: tricky, awkward, delicate, sensitive, touchy
words for describing a difficult person: awkward, trying
words for describing difficult conditions: adverse, hostile
➔ See also difficult