pettish


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pet·tish

 (pĕt′ĭsh)
adj.
Ill-tempered; peevish.

[Probably from pet.]

pet′tish·ly adv.
pet′tish·ness n.

pettish

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

pet•tish

(ˈpɛt ɪʃ)

adj.
petulant or pouty; peevish.
[1585–95]
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
Translations

pettish

[ˈpetɪʃ] ADJmalhumorado

pettish

adj, pettishly
advbockig (inf)
References in classic literature ?
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.
'Well; and that makes it the more vexatious,' observed Mr Crowl, in the same pettish tone.
The angel who is to alleviate our sufferings comes in such a questionable shape, that to the unimaginative she appears merely as an extremely self-confident young woman, wisely concerned first of all in securing her personal comfort, much given to complaints about her food and to helplessness where she should be helpful, possessing an extraordinary capacity for fancying herself slighted, or not regarded as the superior being she knows herself to be, morbidly anxious lest the servants should, by some mistake, treat her with offensive cordiality, pettish if the patient gives more trouble than she had expected, intensely injured and disagreeable if he is made so courageous by his wretchedness as to wake her during the night-- an act of desperation of which I was guilty once, and once only.
Edgar is sulky, because I'm glad of a thing that does not interest him: he refuses to open his mouth, except to utter pettish, silly speeches; and he affirmed I was cruel and selfish for wishing to talk when he was so sick and sleepy.
Oh, dear me!' cried my mother, turning from one of us to the other, in her pettish wilful manner, 'what a troublesome world this is, when one has the most right to expect it to be as agreeable as possible!'
'Oh, it's all very well to call me your dear,' said Bella, with a pettish whimper, 'and I am glad to be called so, though I have slight enough claim to be.
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.