- somewhat hungry: By noon we were feeling a bit peckish.
- rather irritable: He's always a bit peckish after his nap.
Origin of peckish
Related Words for peckishemaciated, dying, hungry, undernourished, malnourished, peaked, weakened, faint, famished, skinny, empty, thin, drawn, haggard, craving, pinched, ravenous, underfed, peckish
Examples from the Web for peckish
Historical Examples of peckish
That's a sign that you're so peckish you could swallow anything.The Prophet of Berkeley Square
Why, of course, this is their breakfast-time, and the sight of us has made them peckish.The Ocean Cat's Paw
George Manville Fenn
We're not likely to be in time for table d'hte—not that I'm peckish.The Travelling Companions
If youre going up in the air, Captain, youll be peckish, the man said.Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound
Alice B. Emerson
And I am as peckish as I can be, said the boy, a rapid thought flashing through his mind.A Very Naughty Girl
L. T. Meade
- informal, mainly British feeling slightly hungry; having an appetite