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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for un petulant

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 un petulant
petulant
1599, "immodest, wanton, saucy," from M.Fr. petulant (1350), from L. petulantem (nom. petulans) "wanton, froward, insolent," from the root of petere "rush at, seek" (see petition). Meaning "peevish, irritable" first recorded 1775, probably by influence of pet (2).
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