- petulantly peevish: a pettish refusal.
Origin of pettish
Related Words for pettishpetulant, contentious, litigious, cantankerous, tempestuous, belligerent, combative, turbulent, fractious, unruly, tricky, jumpy, testy, precarious, sensitive, uptight, volatile, delicate, ticklish, risky
Examples from the Web for pettish
Historical Examples of pettish
Nor was there in this her conclusion anything of chagrin, or pettish self-humiliation.Weighed and Wanting
She threw it down upon the table with a pettish gesture that was wholly feminine.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
“But you know I go to sleep when I am rocking,” said Tessa, in pettish remonstrance.Romola
Now, Margaret, do not be pettish, and deny yourself what you know you like best.Deerbrook
Mr. Haydon affected not to see the pettish act, but turned to his companion.That Girl Montana
Marah Ellis Ryan
- peevish; petulanta pettish child
Word Origin for pettish
It has naturally been assoc. with PET sb.1, as being a characteristic habit of a "pet" or indulged and spoiled child; but the connexion of sense is not very clear or simple .... [OED]
Related: Pettishly; pettishness.