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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Touch
  1. To come in contact with; to hit or strike lightly against; to extend the hand, foot, or the like, so as to reach or rest on."Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Touched lightly." [Milton.]
  2. To perceive by the sense of feeling."Nothing but body can be touched or touch." [Greech.]
  3. To come to; to reach; to attain to."The god, vindictive, doomed them never more- Ah, men unblessed! -- to touch their natal shore." [Pope.]
  4. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone.(Obs)"Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed." [Shak.]
  5. To relate to; to concern; to affect."The quarrel toucheth none but us alone." [Shak.]
  6. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of."Storial thing that toucheth gentilesse." [Chaucer.]
  7. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the books.
  8. To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to melt; to soften; especially, to cause feelings of pity, compassion, sympathy, or gratitude in."What of sweet before Hath touched my sense, flat seems to this and harsh." [Milton.]"The tender sire was touched with what he said." [Addison.]
  9. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush."The lines, though touched but faintly, are drawn right." [Pope.]
  10. To infect; to affect slightly.
  11. To make an impression on; to have effect upon."Its face . . . so hard that a file will not touch it." [Moxon.]
  12. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an instrument of music."They touched their golden harps." [Milton.]
  13. To perform, as a tune; to play."A person is the royal retinue touched a light and lively air on the flageolet." [Sir W. Scott.]
  14. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly."No decree of mine, . . . [to touchwith lightest moment of impulse his free will," [Milton.]
  15. To harm, afflict, or distress."Let us make a covenant with thee, that thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee." [Gen. xxvi. 28, 29.]
  16. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; -- rarely used except in the past participle."She feared his head was a little touched." [Ld. Lytton.]
  17. [Geom] To be tangent to. See Tangent (a.)
  18. To lay a hand upon for curing disease.
  19. To compare with; to be equal to; -- usually with a negative; as, he held that for good cheer nothing could touch an open fire.(Colloq)
  20. To induce to give or lend; to borrow from; as, to touch one for a loan; hence, to steal from.(Slang)

Etymology: F. toucher, OF. touchier tuchier; of Teutonic origin; cf. OHG. zucchen zukken, to twitch, pluck, draw, G. zukken zukken, v. intens. fr. OHG. ziohan to draw, G. ziehen, akin to E. tug. See Tuck (v. t.) Tug, and cf. Tocsin Toccata

verb Touch
  1. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points.
  2. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression.(R)"Strong waters pierce metals, and will touch upon gold, that will not touch upon silver." [Bacon.]
  3. To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; -- often with on or upon."If the antiquaries have touched upon it, they immediately quitted it." [Addison.]
  4. [Naut] To be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes.
noun Touch
  1. The act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact."Their touch affrights me as a serpent's sting." [Shak.]
  2. [Physiol] The sense by which pressure or traction exerted on the skin is recognized; the sense by which the properties of bodies are determined by contact; the tactile sense. See Tactile sense, under Tactile."The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine." [Pope.]
  3. Act or power of exciting emotion."Not alone The death of Fulvia, with more urgent touches, Do strongly speak to us." [Shak.]
  4. An emotion or affection."A true, natural, and a sensible touch of mercy." [Hooker.]
  5. Personal reference or application.(Obs)"Speech of touch toward others should be sparingly used." [Bacon.]
  6. A stroke; as, a touch of raillery; a satiric touch; hence, animadversion; censure; reproof."I never bare any touch of conscience with greater regret." [Eikon Basilike.]
  7. A single stroke on a drawing or a picture."Never give the least touch with your pencil till you have well examined your design." [Dryden.]
  8. Feature; lineament; trait."Of many faces, eyes, and hearts, To have the touches dearest prized." [Shak.]
  9. The act of the hand on a musical instrument; bence, in the plural, musical notes."Soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony." [Shak.]
  10. A small quantity intermixed; a little; a dash."Eyes La touch of Sir Peter Lely in them." [Hazlitt.]"Madam, I have a touch of your condition." [Shak.]
  11. A hint; a suggestion; slight notice."A small touch will put him in mind of them." [Bacon.]
  12. A slight and brief essay.(Colloq)"Print my preface in such form as, in the booksellers' phrase, will make a sixpenny touch." [Swift.]
  13. A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for touchstone.(Obs)"Now do I play the touch." [Shak.]"A neat new monument of touch and alabaster." [Fuller.]
  14. Hence, examination or trial by some decisive standard; test; proof; tried quality."Equity, the true touch of all laws." [Carew.]"Friends of noble touch ." [Shak.]
  15. [Mus] The particular or characteristic mode of action, or the resistance of the keys of an instrument to the fingers; as, a heavy touch, or a light touch ; also, the manner of touching, striking, or pressing the keys of a piano; as, a legato touch; a staccato touch .
  16. [Shipbilding] The broadest part of a plank worked top and but (see Top and but, under Top (n.)), or of one worked anchor-stock fashion (that is, tapered from the middle to both ends); also, the angles of the stern timbers at the counters.
  17. [Football] That part of the field which is beyond the line of flags on either side.
  18. A boys' game; tag.
  19. [Change Ringing] A set of changes less than the total possible on seven bells, that is, less than 5,040.
  20. An act of borrowing or stealing.(Slang)
  21. Tallow; -- a plumber's term.(Eng)

Note: ☞ Pure tactile feelings are necessarily rare, since temperature sensations and muscular sensations are more or less combined with them. The organs of touch are found chiefly in the epidermis of the skin and certain underlying nervous structures.

Etymology: Cf. F. touche. See Touch (v.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of putting two things together with no space between them ("at his touch the room filled with lights")
  2. A distinguishing style ("this room needs a woman's touch")
  3. The feel of mechanical action ("this piano has a wonderful touch")
  4. Deftness in handling matters ("he has a master's touch")
  5. The faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands) ("only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us")
  6. The sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin ("she likes the touch of silk on her skin")
  7. A suggestion of some quality ("there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone")
  8. The act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan) ("he watched the beggar trying to make a touch")
  9. A communicative interaction ("he got in touch with his colleagues")
  10. The event of something coming in contact with the body ("he longed for the touch of her hand" and "the cooling touch of the night air")
  11. A slight but appreciable amount ("this dish could use a touch of garlic")
  12. A slight attack of illness ("he has a touch of rheumatism")
  13. Have an effect upon
  14. Color lightly
  15. Comprehend ("He could not touch the meaning of the poem")
  16. Make a more or less disguised reference to
  17. Consume ("She didn't touch her food all night")
  18. Be in direct physical contact with; make contact ("The two buildings touch" and "Their hands touched")
  19. Make physical contact with, come in contact with ("Touch the stone for good luck" and "She never touched her husband")
  20. Cause to be in brief contact with ("He touched his toes to the horse's flanks")
  21. Tamper with ("Don't touch my CDs!")
  22. Affect emotionally ("I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy")
  23. Perceive via the tactile sense ("Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her")
  24. Deal with; usually used with a form of negation ("I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole" and "The local Mafia won't touch gambling")
  25. Be equal to in quality or ability ("Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues")
  26. Be relevant to
  27. To extend as far as ("The chair must not touch the wall")

From Middle English touchen, tochen, from Old French tochier ("to touch"; > Modern French toucher; compare French doublet toquer (“to offend, bother, harass”)), from Vulgar Latin *toccāre (“to knock, strike, offend”), from Old Frankish *tokkōn, *tukkōn (“to knock, strike, touch”), from Proto-Germanic *tukkōną, *tukkijaną (“to draw, jerk, knock, strike, offend”), from Proto-Indo-European *dukn-, *dewk- (“to draw, pull, lead”). Cognate with Old High German zochhōn, zuhhōn ("to grasp, take, seize, snatch"; > German zucken (“to jerk, flinch”)), German Low German tucken, tocken (“to fidget, twitch, pull up, entice, throb, knock, repeatedly tap”), Middle Dutch tocken, tucken ("to touch, entice"; > Dutch tokkelen (“to strum, pluck”)), Old English tucian, tūcian ("to disturb, mistreat, ill-treat; offend; afflict, harass, vex; punish, torment"; > English tuck). Outside Germanic, cognate to Albanian cek (“to touch”). More at tuck, take.

  1. An act of touching, especially with the hand or finger.
    Suddenly, in the crowd, I felt a at my shoulder.
  2. The faculty or sense of perception by physical contact.
    With the lights out, she had to rely on to find her desk.
  3. The style or technique with which one plays a musical instrument.
    He performed one of Ravel's piano concertos with a wonderfully light and playful .
  4. A distinguishing feature or characteristic.
    Clever like this are what make her such a brilliant writer.
  5. A little bit; a small amount.
    Move it left just a and it will be perfect.
  6. The part of a sports field beyond the touchlines or goal-lines.
    He got the ball, and kicked it straight out into .
  7. A relationship of close communication or understanding.
    He promised to keep in while he was away.
  8. The ability to perform a task well; aptitude.
    I used to be a great chess player but I've lost my .
  9. (obsolete) Act or power of exciting emotion.
  10. (obsolete) An emotion or affection.
  11. (obsolete) Personal reference or application.
  12. A single stroke on a drawing or a picture.
  13. (obsolete) A brief essay.
  14. (obsolete) A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for touchstone.
  15. (obsolete) Examination or trial by some decisive standard; test; proof; tried quality.
  16. (music) The particular or characteristic mode of action, or the resistance of the keys of an instrument to the fingers.
    a heavy , or a light
  17. (shipbuilding) The broadest part of a plank worked top and but, or of one worked anchor-stock fashion (that is, tapered from the middle to both ends); also, the angles of the stern timbers at the counters.
  18. The children's game of tag.
  19. (bell-ringing) A set of changes less than the total possible on seven bells, i.e. less than 5,040.
  20. (slang) An act of borrowing or stealing something.
  21. (Britain, plumbing, dated) tallow

touch was also found in the following language(s): Spanish

Notable Persons With the Name Touch

Touch the Clouds was a leading human. He holds the title Minneconjou headman and Minneconjouheadman. He left this life on September 5th, 1905.


Touch Sunnix is a traditional khmer, romvong, saravan, jazz, bossanova, film, and film score singing. Her career lasted from 1989 to 1989. Touch was born on January 1st, 1980 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


Touch Pancharong is a soccer player for the Boeung Ket Angkor, Phnom Penh Crown FC, National Police Commissary F.C., Cambodia national under-21 football team, Cambodia national under-23 football team, and Cambodia national football team. Touch was born on March 5th, 1990 in Koh Kong (city).


Touch Roma is an athlete for the National Defense Ministry FC.


Touch Ratanak is an athlete for the Sparta Cambodia FC.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Touch

Tony Touch is a hip hop music, reggaeton, and house music b-boying, disc jockey, record producer, and actor. He was most prominent from 1980 to present. Tony was given the name Joseph Anthony Hernandez on July 2nd, 1969.


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Popularity of Touch as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Touch U.S.
  White 10.04% 64.26%
  African American 0.72% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 84.03% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.65% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.32% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Touch

People with the last name Touch are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Touch

  • How Popular is the name Touch? As a last name Touch was the 19,513th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Touch first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Touch is Sunday, April 3rd, 1910.
  • How unique is the name Touch? From 1880 to 2015 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Touch. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Touch: Your name in reverse order is Hcuot. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uchot. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Touch? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,384 people with the last name Touch.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Touch? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Touch as their last name since less than 1 person in 213k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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What does the name Touch mean?

Tis for treat, that you always are.

Ois for orderly, a lifelong passion.

Uis for unique, your love of life.

Cis for complete, nothing further needed here.

His for hopeful, you see the bright side of things

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.