petulant

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French, from Latin petulans, akin to petere.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɛtʃələnt/, /ˈpɛtjələnt/

Adjective[edit]

petulant (comparative more petulant, superlative most petulant)

  1. childishly irritable
    Lack of sleep is causing Dave's recent petulant behavior.
  2. (obsolete) forward; pert; insolent; wanton.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Burton to this entry?)

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