Definitions

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  • adv. In a pettish manner; peevishly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a pettish manner; with a freak of ill temper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a petulant manner

Etymologies

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pettish +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Young birds called pettishly for food from the bushes.

    Field and Hedgerow Being the Last Essays of Richard Jefferies

  • “Yes, and Flanders also lies in that direction,” Minta agreed pettishly.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • “You cannot wish to be married,” she said, a tad pettishly.

    Shameless

  • "Why didn't you bring her?" he demanded pettishly.

    Isabelle

  • Her expression as she pumps the last rounds into Hammond's already dying body--then tosses the revolver pettishly aside when it runs out of ammo--is ice cold; her explanation "He tried to make love to me and I shot him" is a lie, and she knows it.

    Roundup

  • “I am not — I am not — I am not wise,” replied the horticulturist, pettishly, and stopping his ears with his fingers — “I was never called wise but when men wanted to engage me in some action of notorious folly.”

    The Abbot

  • “Oh, remember — remember,” said the old man pettishly;

    The Abbot

  • He had was just elaborating pettishly (he was from the Matt Frei school of TV reportage) that the government was doing nothing when he kept having to raise his voice to be heard over the TWO helicopters overhead winching people up.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • 'Tossed by the bull,' answered she, pettishly, 'for aught I know; I did not choose to stay and be tossed myself; and a person like Mr. Lionel can soon make such a beast point at one, if he takes it into his humour.'

    Camilla

  • “What signifies it now to talk of my father?” said the damsel, pettishly; then instantly changing to a tone of deep feeling, she added, “my father has this day lost that which will make him hold light the loss of all the gear he has left.”

    The Monastery

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  • CD&C says with a freak of ill temper.

    December 4, 2011