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
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
The thing had been remarked with petulant jealousy by his wife, and she regarded her husband's absorbing devotion to the child with suspicion and dislike; all that was given to her seemed so much taken from herself.
I set the extinguisher on the flame, receiving as I did so a slap on my hand and a petulant 'cross thing
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.
Oh, I am tired of sitting, and I don't want a life-sized portrait of myself," answered the lad, swinging round on the music-stool in a wilful, petulant manner.
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.
What I said was petulant and snappish enough, and Hunsden only replied by looking in my face and laughing.
You kept your eyes upon the ground - glancing, with a petulant expression, at the holes and ruts in the pavement, (so that I saw you were still thinking of the stones,) until we reached the little alley called Lamartine, which has been paved, by way of experiment, with the overlapping and riveted blocks.
Besides these, there was a general rush from Richard’s kennel, accompanied with every canine tone from the howl of the wolf-dog to the petulant bark of the terrier.
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.