Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Capriciously ill tempered; fretful; pettish.

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Usage examples "petulant":

  1. Was it Mitchell's petulant complaints of his daughter's conduct, or was it what he had said about his grandchild? - "The Desired Woman", Will N. Harben.
  2. Upon my entering, he strode hurriedly up to me, and, seizing me by the arm with a gesture of petulant impatience, whispered the words " William Wilson!" - "Selections From Poe", J. Montgomery Gambrill.
  3. He thought it the petulant outcry of youth tired of inaction; a protest, and nothing more. - "Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France", Stanley J. Weyman.