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pettish

[pet-ish] /ˈpɛt ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
petulantly peevish:
a pettish refusal.
Origin of pettish
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; See origin at pet2, -ish1
Related forms
pettishly, adverb
pettishness, noun
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  • Nor was there in this her conclusion anything of chagrin, or pettish self-humiliation.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • She threw it down upon the table with a pettish gesture that was wholly feminine.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • “But you know I go to sleep when I am rocking,” said Tessa, in pettish remonstrance.

    Romola George Eliot
  • Now, Margaret, do not be pettish, and deny yourself what you know you like best.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Mr. Haydon affected not to see the pettish act, but turned to his companion.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Polly laughed, and did the same, feeling sorry she had been so pettish.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI Louisa M. Alcott
  • And he left the house in sorrow, and just, but not pettish, indignation.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • Frank thrust out one hand and gave the animal a pettish push.

    Old Mr. Wiley

    Fanny Greye La Spina
  • Ephraim was always gentle, even when I was pettish and cross.

  • She was such a very baby, with her ready blushes and her pettish, lovely face.

    Vagabondia Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for pettish

pettish

/ˈpɛtɪʃ/
adjective
1.
peevish; petulant: a pettish child
Derived Forms
pettishly, adverb
pettishness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from pet²
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Word Origin and History for pettish
adj.

1550s, "impetuous," evidently from pet (n.2) in its "ill humor" sense + -ish. Meaning "peevish, easily annoyed" is from 1590s.

It has naturally been assoc. with PET sb.1, as being a characteristic habit of a "pet" or indulged and spoiled child; but the connexion of sense is not very clear or simple .... [OED]
Related: Pettishly; pettishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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