from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a petulant manner: with petulance; with peevish or impatient abruptness or rudeness; with ill-bred pertness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a petulant manner.

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  • adverb In a manner expressing irritation or annoyance.

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  • adverb in a petulant manner


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  • That he did so predictably petulantly is disappointing, if not hugely surprising.

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  • She called petulantly after her retreating caller.

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  • While he stated "petulantly" that he was no longer interested in an anticipated invitation to the White House, "Saleh's mood changed noticeably for the better when the invitation was extended" by Brennan, the cable said.

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  • a cluster of stunted pines, a long-crested jay lilted about and called petulantly, until I came near, when he swung across the cañon, and I saw him no more.

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  • Marcia, "petulantly," has left me to bear all things alone.

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  • "If you want to know," petulantly, "the one I'm worried about is Anahita.

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  • It is not my fault, "petulantly," that I am only seventeen. "

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  • He also writes, petulantly, that it was his belief that this story was to be about his return to a place he first loved at 19.

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  • So this is what we have come to: the president of the United States, and not just any president but the World's Greatest Orator, standing in the White House petulantly reproving his partisan opponents and imploring his supporters: "If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know."

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  • He may not be doing what we all want, but at least he isn't petulantly babbling about joe six pack, and threatening to take his airfield and go home.

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  • moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, esp. over some trifling annoyance: a petulant toss of the head.

    March 18, 2009

  • "My cat likes peeing on people," said Tom petulantly.

    March 18, 2009