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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Definitions for peckish

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

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Citations for peckish
"I say, uncle, is this all the grub great swells have? I'm awfully peckish!" "That's early tea, my boy," was the answer, with a smile. Charlotte Mary Yonge, That Stick, 1892
"...It has made me feel a bit peckish, a pull like that on an empty stomach; it must be close on twelve o'clock. What do you say, are you beginning to feel that it is lunch time?" George Moore, Spring Days, 1888
Origin of peckish
1775-1785
Though the origins of peckish are unknown, this term may share its roots with the term pick. This term came to English in the early 1700s.