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peckish

[pek-ish] /ˈpɛk ɪʃ/
adjective, Chiefly British Informal.
1.
somewhat hungry:
By noon we were feeling a bit peckish.
2.
rather irritable:
He's always a bit peckish after his nap.
Origin of peckish
1775-1785
1775-85; peck2 + -ish1
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British Dictionary definitions for peckish

peckish

/ˈpɛkɪʃ/
adjective
1.
(informal, mainly Brit) feeling slightly hungry; having an appetite
Word Origin
C18: from peck²
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Word Origin and History for peckish
adj.

"somewhat hungry," literally "disposed to peck," 1785, from peck (v.) + -ish. Related: Peckishly; peckishness.

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