[ pech-uh-luh ns ]
/ ˈpɛtʃ ə ləns /


the state or quality of being petulant.
a petulant speech or action.

Nearby words

  1. petty larceny,
  2. petty officer,
  3. petty sessions,
  4. petty, richard,
  5. petty-fitzmaurice,
  6. petulancy,
  7. petulant,
  8. petulantly,
  9. petunia,
  10. petuntse

Origin of petulance

First recorded in 1600–10, petulance is from the Latin word petulantia impudence. See petulant, -ance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for petulance



c.1600, "insolence, immodesty," from French pétulance (early 16c.), from Latin petulantia "sauciness, impudence," noun of quality from petulantem (see petulant). Meaning "peevishness" is recorded from 1784, from influence of pettish, etc. It displaced earlier petulancy (1550s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper