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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Definitions for peckish

  1. Chiefly British Informal. somewhat hungry: By noon we were feeling a bit peckish.
  2. Chiefly British Informal. rather irritable: He's always a bit peckish after his nap.

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Citations for peckish
"I say, uncle, is this all the grub great swells have? I'm awfully peckish!" "That's early tea, my boy," was the answer, with a smile. Charlotte Mary Yonge, That Stick, 1892
"...It has made me feel a bit peckish, a pull like that on an empty stomach; it must be close on twelve o'clock. What do you say, are you beginning to feel that it is lunch time?" George Moore, Spring Days, 1888
Origin of peckish
Though the origins of peckish are unknown, this term may share its roots with the term pick. This term came to English in the early 1700s.