American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Ill-tempered; irritable.
- adj. Chiefly British Somewhat hungry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inclined to eat; appetized; somewhat, hungry.
- adj. colloquial irritable; crotchety
- adj. colloquial Of or pertaining to Peckham, a place in Southwark London.
- adj. colloquial Native to Peckham.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. colloq. Inclined to eat; hungry.
- adj. somewhat hungry
- adj. easily irritated or annoyed
- peck (“(verb)”) + -ish (Wiktionary)
- From peck1, to eat. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Where I come from "peckish" means hungry, or did back when people said "peckish.”
“Meanwhile, my eyes are really dry and I'd like to put eye drops in so I can reinsert my contacts soon, and I'm feeling kind of peckish, but my pupils show no signs of undilating and I'd prefer not to be caught here, glazed and snarfing chips.”
“Then he stated that the beer was the best he had ever tasted, except in Bavaria, and in some parts of Spain, he added; and professing to be extremely "peckish," requested to know if there were any cold meat in the house whereof he could make a dinner.”
“He was getting what ha called "peckish" now, and was just going to the coffee-room of the Victoria Hotel with the intention of ordering a steak and a glass of brandy-and-water -- Mr. Carter never took beer, which is a sleepy beverage, inimical to that perpetual clearness of intellect necessary to a detective -- when he changed his mind, and walked back to the edge of the quay, to prowl along once more with his hands in his pockets, looking at the vessels, and to take another inspection of the deck and captain of the _Crow_.”
“They've been waiting a long time for this and will be peckish.”
“It could go further - a designated 'packed lunch' storage area, so Seb and Trinny can return to pick up the crustless salmon sarnies and houmous Mum prepared for when they get a tad peckish.”
“Breakfast is fruit and if I'm a bit peckish, wholewheat toast and butter.”
“Then the moment the creme brulees and tiramisus arrived he would say he was still a little peckish and join us after all with an ice cream.”
“If you're peckish, they serve tuna, meat and vegetable empanadas.”
“Frequented by office workers, hipsters and local barflies, the long, narrow room has amber-painted walls, a giant mural of Thomas Mann's children Klaus and Erika, and some German bar snacks for peckish punters.”
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