Definition of peckish in English:



  • [predicative] Hungry.

    ‘I hadn't eaten and was quite peckish’
    • ‘If you're feeling peckish, quality rather than quantity is the word.’
    • ‘Although my sole intention and natural instinct was to get my date drunk, we were feeling rather peckish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I'd been up for seven hours and I was feeling a little peckish.’
    • ‘Heck, you should even feel free to breastfeed while reading this column, ladies, if your little one is feeling a bit 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And you'd better be careful, he might be feeling a bit peckish.’
    • ‘I wouldn't even be able to eat a bacon sandwich if I got peckish.’
    • ‘But there's no real mystery: you bought it while peckish.’
    • ‘I was obviously feeling a little peckish when I compiled it.’
    • ‘You order some more food, because you're peckish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Certainly, I answered, feeling by this point a bit peckish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And if you are feeling peckish, they have an excellent nourishing lunch menu with soup, and really fresh sandwiches.’
    • ‘Come lunch time today I found myself feeling really rather peckish but didn't fancy anything cooked.’
    • ‘If you are mildly peckish after lunch, it's stupid.’
    • ‘‘I'm always a little peckish when I get to the top of a mountain,’ said Max.’