from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish.
- adj. Contemptuous in speech or behavior.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. childishly irritable
- adj. forward; pert; insolent; wanton.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Forward; pert; insolent; wanton.
- adj. Capriciously fretful; characterized by ill-natured freakishness; irritable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Manifesting peevish impatience, irritation, or caprice; peevishly pert or saucy; peevish; capricious: said of persons or things: as, a petulant youth; a petulant answer.
- Synonyms Petulant, Peevish, Fretful, Pettish, Cross, irritable, irascible, ill-humored, snappish, crusty, choleric. The first five words apply to an ill-governed temper or its manifestation. Petulant expresses a quick impatience, often of a temporary or capricious sort, with bursts of feeling. Peevish expresses that which is more permanent in character, more frequent in manifestation, more sour, and more an evidence of weakness. Fretful applies to one who is soon vexed, of a discontented disposition, or ready to complain, as a sick child. Pettish implies that the impatience, vexation, or testiness is over matters so small that the mood is peculiarly undignified or unworthy. Cross applies especially to the temper, but often to permanent character: as, a cross dog; it often includes anger or sulkiness. Crossness as a mood may be more quiet than the others. See captious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. easily irritated or annoyed
Jones declined to characterize Astro as "arrogant," saying he might use the term "petulant" instead.
Instead they are engaging in petulant revenge canceling even national security hearings just to give the Democrats, and the American people, the finger.
To call him petulant is kind of like the pot calling the kettle black.
Or did you just pretend to miss it, because it feels SO DAMN GOOD to engage in petulant shrieking?
And admit it, petulant is NOT a word that you would have in your vocabulary.
Indeed it's been nearly a full week since the cowardly hate-mongering "satirist" Coulter posted Cornell's private information on the front page of her website in petulant retaliation for an article Cornell wrote here on BRAD BLOG.
The islands show dimly grey amid a welter of grey water, breaking angrily in short, petulant seas, which buffet boats confusedly and put the helmsmen's skill to a high test.
I know this won’t be a popular view among many Obama fans who did criticize him for this were they called petulant? but I do think he did the right thing.
Intelligent as she is, she is also too waif-like and projects a quality I can only describe as petulant -- I think the role called for a more robust, womanly presence, with brains.
When she saw Berry, her expression turned petulant and hostile.
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