Definition of peckish in English:



  • predicative Hungry.

    ‘I hadn't eaten and was quite peckish’
    • ‘But there's no real mystery: you bought it while peckish.’
    • ‘Although my sole intention and natural instinct was to get my date drunk, we were feeling rather peckish.’
    • ‘I was obviously feeling a little peckish when I compiled it.’
    • ‘And you'd better be careful, he might be feeling a bit peckish.’
    • ‘And if you are feeling peckish, they have an excellent nourishing lunch menu with soup, and really fresh sandwiches.’
    • ‘If you are mildly peckish after lunch, it's stupid.’
    • ‘I was feeling distinctly peckish when the stuff was safely loaded in the car, so we strolled back into the store and into the coffee shop.’
    • ‘If I feel peckish while knitting I decide to knit two more rows and if I'm still hungry then I'll go and get something to eat.’
    • ‘Heck, you should even feel free to breastfeed while reading this column, ladies, if your little one is feeling a bit peckish.’
    • ‘But I'd been up for seven hours and I was feeling a little peckish.’
    • ‘Come lunch time today I found myself feeling really rather peckish but didn't fancy anything cooked.’
    • ‘I wouldn't even be able to eat a bacon sandwich if I got peckish.’
    • ‘‘I'm always a little peckish when I get to the top of a mountain,’ said Max.’
    • ‘And if you get peckish there's a café, which uses organic produce from the farm's garden whenever possible, and a shop which sells organic vegetables, herbs, plants, honey and eggs.’
    • ‘Certainly, I answered, feeling by this point a bit peckish.’
    • ‘You order some more food, because you're peckish.’
    • ‘What arrived was enough to feed a small and starving army, let alone two slightly peckish punters out for a quiet bite to eat.’
    • ‘Feeling peckish he ordered room service, locking the dog in the bathroom when the waiter arrived.’
    • ‘I only had fruit for breakfast today so I am a little peckish, I am going to try and stay away from bread, apart from the bread I make myself.’
    • ‘If you're feeling peckish, quality rather than quantity is the word.’
    irritable, irascible, fractious, fretful, cross, petulant, pettish, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, miserable, morose, peppery, on edge, edgy, impatient, complaining, querulous
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