Definition of touchy-feely in English:



derogatory, informal
  • 1Openly expressing affection or other emotions, especially through physical contact.

    ‘touchy-feely guys calling home to talk baby talk to their kids’
    • ‘If someone is very touchy-feely and enjoys displays of affection, they'll look for those specific cues because that's how they express love.’
    • ‘However, I think that perhaps Scots men should learn to be a bit more touchy-feely and diplomatic, say for example when they are shopping with their wives.’
    • ‘We are not a lovey-dovey, touchy-feely family, and I wouldn't want us to be.’
    • ‘He's fresh, an internationalist and touchy-feely with the electorate.’
    • ‘The more than 100,000 employees he downsized can testify that he is not a touchy-feely kind of guy.’
    • ‘The star says he isn't a touchy-feely person but besotted girls queue up to cuddle him.’
    • ‘I'm busting myself going on every audition that I'm remotely right for, and you dump a perfectly good job because some old guy gets a little touchy-feely.’
    • ‘So hats off to the band for going ahead with the film - particularly as they come across not as the fearsome rock warriors of popular image but a bunch of self-regarding, touchy-feely sissies.’
    • ‘Instead, the new campaign is all about touchy-feely dads competing in school sports days and non-conformist, caring soldiers.’
    • ‘Although generally quite a touchy-feely person, I never back away from physical interaction, unless, particularly, that physical interaction should be focused on the eyeball.’
    • ‘Wow, you're getting pretty touchy-feely, Neal.’
    • ‘For years he's been saying that boys are sick of being bossed about by liberated mothers, and of being brainwashed into becoming touchy-feely drips who grow up to wear earrings, go shopping and get their chest hair waxed.’
    • ‘There's been nothing since, suggesting that Fianna Fail's more touchy-feely members were no longer sure how they should express themselves in public.’
    • ‘She is just not terribly touchy-feely, and never has been.’
    • ‘I guess I'm a lot more of a touchy-feely guy than I thought I was.’
    • ‘Try to express such anger today, and what happens: touchy-feely politicians get up on a platform intended for dissidents, and bloody well agree with you.’
    • ‘Certain things I'm glad to be rid of, like the hand-holding, wishy-washy, touchy-feely staff that coddles the kids who cause trouble and psychoanalyze the victims of the trouble makers.’
    • ‘So, while everyone below me is allowed to be distraught and upset and embarrassed, and while everyone above me is allowed to get all touchy-feely with their own emotions about what I must be going through, I'm not allowed to do anything.’
    • ‘But, of course, Democrats have the opposite problem: Moderates - particularly white males - think Democrats are too touchy-feely and soft.’
    • ‘Even having grown up in a very loving, touchy-feely family, too much contact made me feel antsy, so eventually I gave one last, pitiful sniffle, told myself to get a grip, and pulled away.’
    • ‘Whether seated at piano or perched on stool with guitar, the sensitive songstress has presented pleas for a similarly sensitive male - touchy-feely, open, kind and loving.’
    adoring, loving, amorous, besotted, infatuated, lovesick, passionate
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    1. 1.1 Characteristic relating to touchy-feely behavior.
      ‘such touchy-feely topics as employees' personal values’
      • ‘Like his son, his downfall was that he didn't have a ‘support system,’ a phrase that sounds alarmingly touchy-feely for a guy who cringes at the idea of emotional baggage’
      • ‘And your feel-good announcement that you've joined some touchy-feely emotional management group does nothing for me.’
      • ‘The thing is, me being involved with interviews and such, helps dilutes the Left's touchy-feely maternal embrace angle.’
      • ‘It's Britain's latest touchy-feely anti-drugs campaign.’
      • ‘As one who works primarily with youth from the public schools, I see that they live in a pluralistic world, out of touch with both the touchy-feely liberalism and the outward trappings of Tridentine piety.’
      • ‘Perhaps this can all be traced to the hand-holding, touchy-feely pop psychology that has penetrated our schools, our office buildings and our doctor's offices.’
      • ‘And, although this touchy-feely motion picture transforms Redford's character into a human being, he starts out as an unapologetic misanthrope.’
      • ‘The frozen-hearted never enjoy touchy-feely displays of emotion, like hugs.’
      • ‘You mortals and your touchy-feely lovey-dovey emotions.’
      • ‘Last Sunday's Seeing Red told the truish story of Ms Atkins, the 1970s TV star-turned-hopelessly romantic, idealistic owner of a touchy-feely free-range children's home.’
      • ‘It is a mental discipline: it trains us to think clearly - a skill largely lost in today's emotive, touchy-feely age.’
      • ‘Television has done the touchy-feely stuff on these sons, daughters and wives in the fray, but the print media has provided the range and depth, documenting state by state the number of political families successfully grooming heirs.’
      • ‘It's a real touchy-feely place in terms of affection and warmth.’
      • ‘Once viewed as a touchy-feely topic relegated to the human resources department, leadership development is now seen as a business tool that gives companies a competitive advantage.’
      • ‘It somehow seemed gentler, more touchy-feely, and, well, sweeter - that is, until I realized that it would entail a bit more hardcore complexity than I'd bargained for.’
      • ‘Some said frankly that instead of a day spent on something as touchy-feely as personal development, they should have had more time on educationally-driven sessions, on something such as the Higher Still syllabus.’
      • ‘In Mitchell's crafty hands, the bawdy drawings become kaleidoscopic fun-fur mosaics: deliciously touchy-feely, rather than puerile or self-consciously lewd.’
      • ‘Naturally, the show has its share of touchy-feely and maudlin moments, and the sort of self-examination that some of us would have a hard time acknowledging to ourselves, let alone sharing with thousands of strangers.’
      • ‘Well, of course, this is compassion night, touchy-feely night at the Republican National Convention.’
      • ‘But in truth, offering us more choice in how we connect with one another does nothing to redress imbalances of power, especially when social relationships are established in such a touchy-feely way.’
      caring, kind, kindly, kind-hearted, soft-hearted, tender-hearted, compassionate, sympathetic, warm, warm-hearted, feeling, fatherly, motherly, maternal, gentle, mild, benevolent, generous, giving, humane
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