Petulant

[p_ˈɛ_t_j_ʊ_l_ə_n_t], [pˈɛtjʊlənt], [pˈɛtjʊlənt]

Definitions of petulant:

  1.   Irritable or pert from fretfulness or ill- humour; saucy; capriciously peevish; freakish in passion.
  2.   Forward; pert; insolent; wanton.
  3.   Falling upon or assailing saucily: forward: impudent: peevish.
  4.   Petulantly.
  5.   Pert or forward; manifesting, or proceeding from petulance; freakish; wanton.
  6.   easily irritated or annoyed; " an incorrigibly fractious young man"; " not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
  7.   Capriciously ill tempered; fretful; pettish.
  8.   Saucy; peevish.
  9.   Fretful; peevish; impatient; as, a petulant answer.
  10.   Petulance.
  11.   Capriciously fretful; characterized by ill- natured freakishness; irritable.

Antonyms for petulant:

companionable, long-suffering, extroverted, gracious, forbearing, outgoing, kind, complaisant, pleasant, agreeable, relaxed, affable, good-natured, accommodating, mellow, good-tempered, stoic, obliging, amiable, sociable, easygoing, patient, tolerant, amenable, sweet, carefree, well-disposed, governable, nice, understanding, cordial, genial, compliant, gregarious, friendly, uncomplaining, happy-go-lucky.


Quotes for petulant:

  1. The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Usage examples for petulant:

  1. Or glanced and saw a boy, perhaps laughing and eager, perhaps obstinate and petulant and looked again and only much tenderness was there. ” – This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  2. She did not regard the petulant shows of pretended indifference by which a more experienced young woman might have consoled herself. ” – The Doctor's Family by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  3. “ " Talking tiresome business, I suppose," remarked Zoe, in a half- petulant tone, glancing toward them as she spoke, and apparently addressing Violet, as she was the only other person on the veranda at the moment. ” – Elsie at Nantucket by Martha Finley
  4. He was no sooner in Aiken than Dame Fortune ceased minding the other small boy, and turned her petulant eyes upon Larkin. ” – IT and Other Stories by Gouverneur Morris
  5. The sun had not yet risen over the moor, when Dymock and Shanty, both arrayed in their best, set off for Hexham, where they found the crabbed old gentlemen, still in the humour of making the purchase, though he abused the place in language at once rude and petulant his offer, however, was, as Shanty compelled Dymock to see, a very fair one, though the more sensible and wary blacksmith could not persuade his friend to beware of trusting anything to the honour of Mr. Salmon. ” – Shanty the Blacksmith; A Tale of Other Times by Mrs. Sherwood [AKA: Mrs. Mary Martha Sherwood]
  6. And the imagination of her coming would shed a feverish gladness all along those petulant ill- treated, starved nerves. ” – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  7. Her youth is too girlish, and she has too petulant an air of indifference. ” – "Le Monsieur De La Petite Dame" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  8. Still, one would have been glad on behalf of human dignity, if he had suffered with firm silence petulant charges against which the consciousness of his own uprightness should have been the only answer. ” – Rousseau Volumes I. and II. by John Morley
  9. “ For one- are these marvellous things to be given because of one cry; for one petulant demand; for a few tears, mostly of self- pity, shed in an hour when the world fails to satisfy us, when a friend has disappointed us, when our plans are spoiled, when we are sick or lonely? ” – The Romance of the Soul by Lilian Staveley
  10. “ " That is foolish talk," was the petulant reply. ” – Down the Slope by James Otis
  11. Her light, gray- green eyes had a petulant look; her thin, red lips a petulant droop. ” – Angel Island by Inez Haynes Gillmore
  12. He still regretted his solitary retort, but not for a moment the more petulant act which he had just committed. ” – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  13. Thus occupied, she revealed a certain petulant beauty. ” – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  14. All the time Meg was telling me this, sat curled up in a large chair their youngest boy, a pale, sensitive, rather spoiled lad of seven or eight years, with a petulant mouth and nervous dark eyes. ” – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  15. “ For useless I should have been, and petulant and wretched. ” – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  16. Perhaps in the shadowy half- light her boy would come and sit with her again for awhile and let her look her last upon his loved face; she could never touch him again or hear his laughing, petulant voice, but surely she might look on her dead. ” – The Unbearable Bassington by Saki
  17. “ Jenny's soft hand on his arm was not successful in banishing the aggrieved notes from Maurice's petulant defense of opals. ” – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  18. “ Mrs. Coulson laughed, and made a little half- petulant gesture. ” – A Damaged Reputation by Harold Bindloss
  19. Barbara darted upon him a glance of petulant disappointment. ” – Barbara Ladd by Charles G. D. Roberts
  20. The little white- nosed monkey was a born flirt; graceful, petulant and coquettish to a degree, and she knew perfectly well from the very first that Mona admired her. ” – Rataplan by Ellen Velvin

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