And like petulant preschoolers, Wall Street craves—and needs—rules, and the discipline to enforce them consistently.
And Gunn reserves special contempt for Mizrahi, whom he portrays as a petulant, insufferable diva.
By the shutdown, the public had already begun to see him as petulant.
Or would that come across as petulant, standing on the stage across from Monsieur Romney?
Within the last couple of weeks, the petulant 54-year-old has revealed that he was engaged, stalked, and enraged.
A great difficulty or peril changes the petulant spirit into a brave, generous soul.
Are you mistress of the petulant, the peevish, and the sullen tone?
The grave modesty of the one face, the now petulant, now abashed, now vacant expression of the other.
For the first time, too, there was a petulant vein in his attitude toward me.
He was often wilful and petulant, and I used to think him dreadfully insincere.
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.