Definition of tetchily in US English:

tetchily

adverb

  • See tetchy

    • ‘Unable to make sense of what was happening to them, they reacted tetchily and their play degenerated into niggling, scrappy attempts to win the ball.’
    • ‘When asked if he feared the decision would be taken for him, he tetchily replied: ‘Ask that question of my President, not me.’’
    • ‘He added tetchily, ‘You don't have to face responsibilities of any sort do you?’’
    • ‘‘You offered us answers,’ she reminded him tetchily.’
    • ‘When his time came he tetchily refuted the notion that Peel might have contributed anything to his success.’

Pronunciation

tetchily

/ˈtɛtʃəli//ˈteCHəlē/