What does the word pettish mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Pettishly.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Pettishness.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Capriciously ill tempered; petulant.

Usage examples for pettish

  1. It was a soft and not altogether masculine organ, and was pitched on this occasion in a somewhat plaintive and pettish key. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  2. At first, the child seems, during the intervals of the attack, much as before; except, perhaps, that it is rather more pettish and wilful; but it is not long before graver symptoms than the occasional occurrence of an unusual sound when the child draws a deep breath excite attention, and give rise to alarm. – The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases by Charles West, M.D.
  3. Gladly I discipline My pride by taking back those pettish doubts Cast on the soundness of the central thought In Mr. Hardy's drama. – A Christmas Garland by Max Beerbohm
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