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adjective Chiefly British Informal.
  1. somewhat hungry: By noon we were feeling a bit peckish.
  2. rather irritable: He's always a bit peckish after his nap.
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Origin of peckish

First recorded in 1775–85; peck2 + -ish1
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Historical Examples

  • That's a sign that you're so peckish you could swallow anything.

    The Prophet of Berkeley Square

    Robert Hichens

  • 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.

  • If youre going up in the air, Captain, youll be peckish, the man said.

  • And I am as peckish as I can be, said the boy, a rapid thought flashing through his mind.

British Dictionary definitions for peckish


  1. informal, mainly British feeling slightly hungry; having an appetite
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Word Origin

C18: from peck ²
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Word Origin and History for peckish


"somewhat hungry," literally "disposed to peck," 1785, from peck (v.) + -ish. Related: Peckishly; peckishness.

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