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[pek-ish] /ˈpɛk ɪʃ/
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
1775-85; peck2 + -ish1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for peckish
  • Both beaches have great lunch spots if the hike has left you feeling peckish.
  • It was traditionally consigned to hedgerows, protecting more valuable, edible crops from peckish goats.
  • He would even smuggle food back to the imperial bedchamber in case he felt peckish.
  • But now that the dust has settled, some of us are feeling nothing but peckish.
  • They may be on the peckish side, but as long as they're complaining about mushy rice you know they haven't got it too bad.
  • New findings suggest that hunger affects how food tastes by making peckish people more sensitive to sweetness and saltiness.
British Dictionary definitions for peckish


(informal, mainly Brit) feeling slightly hungry; having an appetite
Word Origin
C18: from peck²
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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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