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Related to pettish: peevishly


Ill-tempered; peevish.

[Probably from pet.]

pet′tish·ly adv.
pet′tish·ness n.


peevish; petulant: a pettish child.
[C16: from pet2]
ˈpettishly adv
ˈpettishness n


(ˈpɛt ɪʃ)

petulant or pouty; peevish.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pettish - easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition


[ˈpetɪʃ] ADJmalhumorado


adj, pettishly
advbockig (inf)
References in classic literature ?
Monson, throwing down an evening paper in a pettish manner, that sufficiently denoted discontent.
She drew a quick pettish breath of objection, writhing uneasily on her seat, looked far ahead, and murmured, "I don't know--I wish--how can I say yes or no when--"
I now forgave him from my heart his reckless slight of me, and I felt ashamed at my pettish resentment of such a trifle - ashamed too of those bitter envious pangs that gnawed my inmost heart, in spite of all this admiration and delight.
Marred is a Yorkshire word and means spoiled and pettish.
And Clytia pondering between many a sun, While pettish tears adown her petals run :
As he had not been careful to shut the door, Hepzibah was at the pains of closing it after him, with a pettish ejaculation or two about the troublesomeness of young people, and particularly of small boys.
There was a rather pettish intonation in Fleur-de-Lys's-- laconic words.
He was little more than a year younger than John, but much smaller, paler, and less active and robust; a pettish, cowardly, capricious, selfish little fellow, only active in doing mischief, and only clever in inventing falsehoods: not simply to hide his faults, but, in mere malicious wantonness, to bring odium upon others.