Petulant definition

pĕchə-lənt
Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish.
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Impatient or irritable, esp. over petty things; peevish.
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Contemptuous in speech or behavior.
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(obs.) Forward or insolent.
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The definition of petulant is someone who gets irritated without a good reason.

An example of petulant is a toddler throwing a temper tantrum when they don't get their way.

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Lack of sleep is causing Dave's recent petulant behavior.

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Origin of petulant

  • Latin petulāns petulant- insolent from petere to assail pet- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French, from Latin petulans, akin to petere.

    From Wiktionary