peckish

[ pek-ish ]
/ ˈpɛk ɪʃ /

adjective Chiefly British Informal.

somewhat hungry: By noon we were feeling a bit peckish.
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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British Dictionary definitions for peckish

peckish
/ (ˈpɛkɪʃ) /

adjective

informal, mainly British feeling slightly hungry; having an appetite

Word Origin for peckish

C18: from peck ²
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