petulant

[ pech-uh-luhnt ]
/ ˈpɛtʃ ə lənt /

adjective

moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some trifling annoyance: a petulant toss of the head.

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Origin of petulant

1590–1600; <Latin petulant- (stem of petulāns) impudent, akin to petere to seek, head for

OTHER WORDS FROM petulant

pet·u·lant·ly, adverbun·pet·u·lant, adjectiveun·pet·u·lant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for petulant

petulant
/ (ˈpɛtjʊlənt) /

adjective

irritable, impatient, or sullen in a peevish or capricious way

Derived forms of petulant

petulance or petulancy, nounpetulantly, adverb

Word Origin for petulant

C16: via Old French from Latin petulāns bold, from petulāre (unattested) to attack playfully, from petere to assail
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