Definition of pettishly in US English:



  • See pettish

    • ‘Obviously my painting wasn't good enough,’ Judith replied pettishly, kicking at the legs of her easel.’
    • ‘A fervent believer as a boy, he broke with the church as an adolescent, pettishly refusing his mother's dying request that he make his confession and take Communion.’
    • ‘Clever concubines are good at reading the minds of middle-aged men, and successful ones know the best way to act in a pettishly charming manner to ask for more money and gifts.’
    • ‘Nemesio pettishly sticks to his hierarchical role as head of the family, and rejects Atanasio's entreaties for brotherly sympathy.’