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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.