\pˈɛtɪʃnəs], \pˈɛtɪʃnəs], \p_ˈɛ_t_ɪ_ʃ_n_ə_s]\
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Petulance; peevishness. Note.â€”That "pet, ill-humour," and "pet, a fondling," have a common origin, will not appear inconsistent, when it is considered that "to pet a child" is "to indulge it in its pets or fits of ill-humour." There is an obvious connection with F. petit, a little one, but the meanings cannot now be separated.
By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H.