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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

peckish

\PEK-ish\ , adjective;
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.
Quotes:
"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:
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.
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