Definition of touch-me-not-ishness in US English:

touch-me-not-ishness

noun

  • Disinclination to be touched or interfered with; tendency to avoid close contact; aloofness, coldness, stand-offishness.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Dickens (1812–1870), novelist. From touch-me-not + -ish + -ness.

Pronunciation

touch-me-not-ishness

/ˌtʌtʃmɪˈnɒtɪʃnɪs/