petulant definition

  • adjective:
    • Unreasonably cranky or ill-tempered; peevish.
    • Contemptuous in speech or behavior.
    • childishly cranky
    • ahead; pert; insolent; wanton.
    • Forward; pert; insolent; wanton.
    • Capriciously fretful; described as ill-natured freakishness; irritable.
    • easily irritated or annoyed
  • others:
    • Manifesting peevish impatience, irritation, or caprice; peevishly pert or saucy; peevish; capricious: said of persons or things: because, a petulant youth; a petulant answer.
    • Synonyms Petulant, Peevish, Fretful, Pettish, Cross, cranky, irascible, ill-humored, snappish, crusty, choleric. Initial five terms affect an ill-governed temper or its manifestation. Petulant expresses an instant impatience, frequently of a temporary or capricious type, with bursts of feeling. Peevish expresses that which is more permanent in personality, more regular in manifestation, much more bad, and much more an evidence of weakness. Fretful applies to one who is shortly vexed, of a discontented disposition, or ready to whine, as a sick child. Pettish suggests that the impatience, vexation, or testiness is finished things so little that the feeling is peculiarly undignified or unworthy. Cross applies specifically to your mood, but usually to permanent character: as, a cross dog; it frequently includes anger or sulkiness. Crossness as a mood can be even more peaceful versus others. See captious.

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