petulant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɛtʃələnt/, /ˈpɛtjələnt/
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Adjective[edit]

petulant (comparative more petulant, superlative most petulant)

  1. Childishly irritable.
    Synonyms: bad-tempered, crabby, grouchy, huffy; see also Thesaurus:irritable
    Antonym: easygoing
    Lack of sleep is causing Dave's recent petulant behavior.
  2. (obsolete) Forward; pert; insolent; wanton.
    Synonyms: brazen, flippant, impertinent; see also Thesaurus:cheeky
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970:
      Who hath not like cause to complain, and is not so troubled, that shall fall into the mouths of such men? for many are of so petulant a spleen

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French pétulant.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌpeː.tuˈlɑnt/
  • Hyphenation: pe‧tu‧lant

Adjective[edit]

petulant (not comparable)

  1. (rare) exuberant

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of petulant
uninflected petulant
inflected petulante
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial petulant
indefinite m./f. sing. petulante
n. sing. petulant
plural petulante
definite petulante
partitive petulants