pettish

Part of speech: adverb

Pettishly.

Part of speech: noun

Pettishness.

Part of speech: adjective

Capriciously ill tempered; petulant.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Max Beerbohm.