Oversensitive vs Touchy - What's the difference?

oversensitive | touchy |


As adjectives the difference between oversensitive and touchy

is that oversensitive is having excessive sensitivity; reacting to stimuli too readily; thin-skinned while touchy is (of a situation) extremely sensitive or volatile; easily disturbed to the point of becoming unstable; requiring caution or tactfulness.

oversensitive

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Having excessive sensitivity; reacting to stimuli too readily; thin-skinned.
  • touchy

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • (of a situation) Extremely sensitive or volatile; easily disturbed to the point of becoming unstable; requiring caution or tactfulness.
  • It is an extremely touchy situation, with everybody's patience wearing thin.
  • (of a person) Easily offended; oversensitive; ticklish.
  • He can be very touchy when you talk about his cat, so be as tactful as possible.

    See also

    * tetchy * touch and go