Definition of to the touch in English:

to the touch


  • When touched.

    ‘the ankle was swollen and painful to the touch’
    • ‘For some strange reason, everything around seems to be slightly warm to the touch but that may be me.’
    • ‘My entire face is the colour of a fire engine and sore to the touch.’
    • ‘It felt sticky to the touch, so we dissuaded my son from sitting in it.’
    • ‘They too were covered with small grey bruises, none of them bigger than the nail of my pinky finger and all of them painful to the touch.’
    • ‘Inflammation occurs and the lip is tender to the touch and so are, sometimes, the gums.’
    • ‘He's curled up in bed, burning hot to the touch, yet complaining of being cold.’
    • ‘Her whole body seemed to be throbbing and every millimeter of her skin was painful to the touch.’
    • ‘The paper is soft, rough, and unpleasant to the touch, and the typeface and printing quality are a strain to the eye.’
    • ‘The tube gets only slightly warm to the touch, and does not present a burn danger.’
    • ‘Why are parts of my body cold to the touch when I don't actually feel cold in those places?’