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"I sha'n't tell you," came the petulant retort from the girl.

She shrugged her shoulders with a petulant pessimism her youth made amusing.

Are you mistress of the petulant, the peevish, and the sullen tone?

For the first time, too, there was a petulant vein in his attitude toward me.

Smiled, and made him ashamed of his petulant gift there, before them.

"Ruth Morton won't last," remarked a third, in a petulant voice.

A voice, a petulant female voice, called from the head of the stairs.

His voice was squeaky and petulant, like that of a child who is suddenly forbidden a toy.

Her own words had been little more than a petulant outburst.

Sally shrugged her shoulders with the petulant gesture of a naughty child.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "immodest, wanton, saucy," from Middle French petulant (mid-14c.), from Latin petulantem (nominative petulans) "wanton, froward, saucy, insolent," present participle of petere "to attack, assail; strive after; ask for, beg, beseech" (see petition (n.)). Meaning "peevish, irritable" first recorded 1775, probably by influence of pet (n.2). Related: Petulantly.

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