One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person or their behaviour) childishly bad-tempered and petulant.‘he comes across in his journal entries as spoiled and pettish’
bad-tempered, irascible, tetchy, testy, touchy, scratchy, grumpy, grouchy, moody, crotchety, in a mood, in a bad mood, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish, having got out of bed the wrong side, cross, as cross as two sticks, fractious, disagreeable, crabbed, crabby, waspish, prickly, peppery, crusty, splenetic, shrewish, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, dyspeptic, choleric, bilious, liverish, cross-grainedView synonyms
- ‘The teacher admitted punishing the child, although he denied that the punishment was inappropriate, and he suggested that ‘these children are very pettish in manner, and I have no doubt that they sometimes tell stories at home.’’
- ‘He could also be volatile, pettish and confounding.’
- ‘Your statement that all the suffragist arguments "were long ago refuted and sent to limbo" is a mere pettish assertion, quite incapable of proof.’
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