An unhappy child on Halloween.
An example of petulant is a toddler throwing a temper tantrum when they don't get their way.
- Obs. forward or insolent
- impatient or irritable, esp. over petty things; peevish
Origin of petulantClassical Latin petulans (gen. petulantis), forward, petulant ; from base of petere, to rush at, fall: see feather
- Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish.
- Contemptuous in speech or behavior.
Origin of petulantLatin petulans, petulant-, insolent, from petere, to assail; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
- pet′u·lance, pet′u·lan·cy
(comparative more petulant, superlative most petulant)
From Middle French, from Latin petulans, akin to petere.