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.

Origin of peckish

First recorded in 1775–85; peck2 + -ish1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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informal, mainly British feeling slightly hungry; having an appetite

Word Origin for peckish

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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