adjective Chiefly British Informal.
somewhat hungry: By noon we were feeling a bit peckish.
rather irritable: He's always a bit peckish after his nap.

1775–85; peck2 + -ish1 Unabridged
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peckish (ˈpɛkɪʃ)
informal chiefly (Brit) feeling slightly hungry; having an appetite
[C18: from peck²]

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Word Origin & History

"disposed to peck, somewhat hungry," 1785, from peck (v.).
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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
But now that the dust has settled, some of us are feeling nothing but peckish.
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