petulant[ pech-uh-luhnt ]SEE DEFINITION OF petulant
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PETULANT
"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.
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.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PETULANT
- easily offended
- out of humor
- down in the dumps
- down in the mouth
- in a huff
- in the doldrums
- out of sorts