Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


This touches me the more sensibly, because you yourself, my dear, are so ready to persuade me into it.

As I write I look out on a street full of the touches of spring.

But in these Memoirs I have put on one side all that touches the inner part of my life.

Yet you see he but touches upon the edges of matrimony neither.

"Sir John has forgotten one or two touches I must fill in," said the Marchesa.

As soon as it touches it it penetrates it and the coagulation which we have mentioned is produced.

I give it as one of the most striking of the touches that paint his portrait.

As true as that candle stands there, I'll put a hole in the first man that touches that door!

He touches on the same difficulties and he gives no answer to them.

Among the unwritten chapters is one which touches a problem.


late 13c., from Old French touchier "to touch, hit, knock" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *toccare "to knock, strike" as a bell (cf. Spanish tocar, Italian toccare), perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to get or borrow money" first recorded 1760. Related: Touched; touching.

Touch and go (adj.) is recorded from 1812, apparently from the name of a tag-like game, first recorded 1650s. Touch football is first attested 1933. Touch-me-not (1590s) translates Latin noli-me-tangere.