Definition of petulant in English:

petulant

adjective

  • (of a person or their manner) childishly sulky or bad-tempered:

    ‘he was moody and petulant’
    ‘a petulant shake of the head’
    • ‘But now he was behaving like a petulant child and she simply could not imagine what had gotten into him.’
    • ‘I cycled off, leaving him to glower after me like a petulant teenager.’
    • ‘The film reveals him as a petulant child, given absolute authority!’
    • ‘By midnight, he was pouting like a petulant kid being kept after school.’
    • ‘They can simultaneously be revered as heroes on the park and behave like petulant children in the street.’
    • ‘She's as assertive and capable as he is petulant and out of his element.’
    • ‘He had his arms folded and was sneering like a petulant brat.’
    • ‘Sometimes she reminds me of a petulant child holding its breath to get its way.’
    • ‘Like a petulant child you indulged your temper, but you did so using that most dangerous of weapons, a car.’
    • ‘It's all because I am consumed by trying to make it work right away, like some petulant child.’
    • ‘This all makes for incredibly depressing viewing, not helped by Pfeiffer's petulant, sulky, scowling presence.’
    • ‘Though personally brave, he was petulant and totally lacking in judgement - a mere shooting star.’
    • ‘I can also become unpleasant and then behave like a petulant child.’
    • ‘At the same time, he was given to sobbing and rages like a petulant child.’
    • ‘They were so refreshing compared to the petulant teenagers she was around all morning.’
    • ‘After all, she is a teenage girl and they tend to be somewhat melodramatic, whiny and petulant.’
    • ‘He was petulant all day and was earlier booked for mouthing-off at the referee.’
    • ‘Iaina pouted, resembling a petulant child instead of the full grown woman she was.’
    • ‘His reputation is that he's only interested in winning and that he's a petulant loser.’
    • ‘Mattie had come in like some petulant kid and thrown himself in a corner.’
    complaining, pettish, touchy, testy, tetchy, waspish, prickly, crusty, peppery, fractious, fretful, irritable, cross, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, miserable, morose, on edge, edgy, impatient, bitter, moody, in a bad mood, grumpy, huffy, scratchy, out of sorts, out of temper, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, sullen, surly, sulky, sour, churlish, bilious, liverish, dyspeptic, splenetic, choleric
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘immodest’): from French pétulant, from Latin petulant- impudent (related to petere aim at, seek). The current sense (mid 18th century) is influenced by pettish.

Pronunciation:

petulant

/ˈpɛtjʊl(ə)nt/