The 19-year-old pop star, petulance personified, is acting out.
Fortunately, Boehner has elected to ignore this display of petulance and continue with his landmark attempt to sue the president.
Except for a bit of petulance directed toward Stephanopoulos and a bit of pique directed at Huntsman, Romney maintained his cool.
The line captures the intriguing paradox that is West, a mélange of petulance, bombast, unintentional—or intentional?
"I think your mistress has been in bad spirits lately," he resumed, with a sudden outbreak of petulance.
"I—don't—like—Redding," broke out Mary in a burst of petulance.
The prayer is a silly piece of petulance and it would have served the maker of it right to have had it granted.
There was petulance in his inflection when he spoke again: "I have you, and I have my business."
He was often guided by petulance and passion; seldom or never by sober judgment.
And I turned and walked away from him with an air of petulance.
c.1600, "insolence, immodesty," from French pétulance (early 16c.), from Latin petulantia "sauciness, impudence," noun of quality from petulantem (see petulant). Meaning "peevishness" is recorded from 1784, from influence of pettish, etc. It displaced earlier petulancy (1550s).