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  • n. The property of being petulant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being petulant; temporary peevishness; pettishness; capricious ill humor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sauciness; wantonness; rudeness.
  • n. The character of being petulant; a petulant character or disposition; peevish impatience or caprice; pettishness.
  • n. Synonyms See captious and petulant.

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

  • n. an irritable petulant feeling


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