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petulant

[pech-uh-luh nt] /ˈpɛtʃ ə lənt/
adjective
1.
moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some trifling annoyance:
a petulant toss of the head.
Origin of petulant
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin petulant- (stem of petulāns) impudent, akin to petere to seek, head for
Related forms
petulantly, adverb
unpetulant, adjective
unpetulantly, adverb
Synonyms
irritable, peevish, fretful, pettish, touchy.
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petulant

/ˈpɛtjʊlənt/
adjective
1.
irritable, impatient, or sullen in a peevish or capricious way
Derived Forms
petulance, petulancy, noun
petulantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via Old French from Latin petulāns bold, from petulāre (unattested) to attack playfully, from petere to assail
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Word Origin and History for petulant
adj.

1590s, "immodest, wanton, saucy," from Middle French petulant (mid-14c.), from Latin petulantem (nominative petulans) "wanton, froward, saucy, insolent," present participle of petere "to attack, assail; strive after; ask for, beg, beseech" (see petition (n.)). Meaning "peevish, irritable" first recorded 1775, probably by influence of pet (n.2). Related: Petulantly.

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