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’
    • ‘He had his arms folded and was sneering like a petulant brat.’
    • ‘Though personally brave, he was petulant and totally lacking in judgement - a mere shooting star.’
    • ‘He was petulant all day and was earlier booked for mouthing-off at the referee.’
    • ‘His reputation is that he's only interested in winning and that he's a petulant loser.’
    • ‘I can also become unpleasant and then behave like a petulant child.’
    • ‘But now he was behaving like a petulant child and she simply could not imagine what had gotten into him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were so refreshing compared to the petulant teenagers she was around all morning.’
    • ‘By midnight, he was pouting like a petulant kid being kept after school.’
    • ‘I cycled off, leaving him to glower after me like a petulant teenager.’
    • ‘They can simultaneously be revered as heroes on the park and behave like petulant children in the street.’
    • ‘Like a petulant child you indulged your temper, but you did so using that most dangerous of weapons, a car.’
    • ‘Mattie had come in like some petulant kid and thrown himself in a corner.’
    • ‘Iaina pouted, resembling a petulant child instead of the full grown woman she was.’
    • ‘She's as assertive and capable as he is petulant and out of his element.’
    • ‘The film reveals him as a petulant child, given absolute authority!’
    • ‘After all, she is a teenage girl and they tend to be somewhat melodramatic, whiny and petulant.’
    • ‘At the same time, he was given to sobbing and rages like a petulant child.’
    • ‘Sometimes she reminds me of a petulant child holding its breath to get its way.’
    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
    peevish, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, pettish, cross, impatient, irritable, moody, in a bad mood, sulky, snappish, crotchety, touchy, waspish, irascible, tetchy, testy, querulous, fractious, captious, cantankerous, grumpy, complaining, whiny, fretful, huffish, huffy, pouty, disgruntled, crabbed, crabby, ill-humoured
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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

/ˈpeCHələnt//ˈpɛtʃələnt/