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Ill-tempered; peevish.

[Probably from pet.]

pet′tish·ly adv.
pet′tish·ness n.
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Adv.1.pettishly - in a petulant manner; "he said testily; `Go away!'"
References in classic literature ?
Then he tossed the marble away pettishly, and stood cogitating.
I answered him pettishly, I fear, and as if I had known all about it before.
Neither could Charlie, when he heard the broken voice say that; but, boy-like, he wouldn't own it, and said pettishly, as he rubbed his sleeve across his eyes
"I don't know what you mean, and I don't believe you know yourself," said Felicity pettishly. "All that I can make out is that Miss Reade is going to marry Jasper Dale, and I don't like the idea one bit.
I dare say he will,' replied the lady pettishly, 'on our victuals and our drink.
'You can't alter what you've done,' he replied pettishly, shrinking from her, 'unless you alter it for the worse by teasing me into a fever.'