petulant


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pet·u·lant

 (pĕch′ə-lənt)
adj.
1. Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish.
2. Contemptuous in speech or behavior.

[Latin petulāns, petulant-, insolent, from petere, to assail; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

pet′u·lance, pet′u·lan·cy n.
pet′u·lant·ly adv.

petulant

(ˈpɛtjʊlənt)
adj
irritable, impatient, or sullen in a peevish or capricious way
[C16: via Old French from Latin petulāns bold, from petulāre (unattested) to attack playfully, from petere to assail]
ˈpetulance, ˈpetulancy n
ˈpetulantly adv

pet•u•lant

(ˈpɛtʃ ə lənt)

adj.
showing sudden irritation, esp. over some trifling annoyance; peevish.
[1590–1600; < Latin petulant- (s. of petulāns) impudent]
pet′u•lance, n.
pet′u•lant•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.petulant - easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

petulant

petulant

adjective
Translations
popudlivý

petulant

[ˈpetjʊlənt] ADJ [person, voice, tone] → malhumorado, irritable; [gesture] → malhumorado, de irritación

petulant

[ˈpɛtʃʊlənt] adjirritable

petulant

adjverdrießlich; childbockig (inf)

petulant

[ˈpɛtjʊlənt] adjirritabile
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She ceased to be a woman, complex, kind and petulant, considerate and thoughtless; she was a Maenad.
These two clauses have been the source of much virulent invective and petulant declamation against the proposed Constitution.
It would be the worse for us if our petulant prayers were answered.
It showed Pearl in an unwonted aspect Heretofore, the mother, while loving her child with the intensity of a sole affection, had schooled herself to hope for little other return than the waywardness of an April breeze, which spends its time in airy sport, and has its gusts of inexplicable passion, and is petulant in its best of moods, and chills oftener than caresses you, when you take it to your bosom; in requital of which misdemeanours it will sometimes, of its own vague purpose, kiss your cheek with a kind of doubtful tenderness, and play gently with your hair, and then be gone about its other idle business, leaving a dreamy pleasure at your heart.
Then they know there's more water in the world than there is land," asserted the crab, in a shrill, petulant voice.
But, instead of receiving their salutations with courtesy, John and his petulant attendants could not resist the temptation of pulling the long beards of the Irish chieftains; a conduct which, as might have been expected, was highly resented by these insulted dignitaries, and produced fatal consequences to the English domination in Ireland.
cried Dorian in his petulant way, flinging himself down on the sofa.
What I said was petulant and snappish enough, and Hunsden only replied by looking in my face and laughing.
Blunt threw one of the doors open, but before we passed through it we heard a petulant exclamation accompanied by childlike stamping with both feet and ending in a laugh which had in it a note of contempt.
Don't say 'make good,'" she cried, sweetly petulant.
The petulant young lady turned her back on him, and surveyed the guests at the other extremity of the summer-house.
If she had even said `I hate you' in a petulant or coquettish tone, he would have laughed and rather liked it, but the grave, almost sad, accent in her voice made him open his eyes, and ask quickly.