peckish

[pek-ish]
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:
1775–85; peck2 + -ish1

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peckish (ˈpɛkɪʃ)
 
adj
informal chiefly (Brit) feeling slightly hungry; having an appetite
 
[C18: from peck²]

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peckish
"disposed to peck, somewhat hungry," 1785, from peck (v.).
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peckish definition


  1. mod.
    hungry. : I'm just a little peckish right now. I need a bite to eat.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
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.
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