pettishness

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Etymology[edit]

From pettish +‎ -ness.

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Noun[edit]

pettishness (countable and uncountable, plural pettishnesses)

  1. The state of being pettish; peevishness, irritability. [from 17th c.]
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, XVI:
      The sense that she was observed, or, more properly speaking, that she was watched by my looks, seemed to give Diana a mixture of embarrassment, pain, and pettishness.