Petulant
Petulant Pet"u*lant, a. [L. petulans, -antis, prop., making slight attacks upon, from a lost dim. of petere to fall upon, to attack: cf. F. p['e]tulant. See {Petition}.] 1. Forward; pert; insolent; wanton. [Obs.] --Burton. [1913 Webster]

2. Capriciously fretful; characterized by ill-natured freakishness; irritable. ``Petulant moods.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Irritable; ill-humored; peevish; cross; fretful; querulous. [1913 Webster]


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  • pétulant — pétulant, ante [ petylɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1694; « imprudent » 1330; lat. petulans, de petere « se jeter sur » ♦ Qui manifeste une ardeur exubérante. ⇒ fougueux , impétueux, turbulent, vif. Un enfant pétulant. « des airs de maîtresse de maison animée …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • petulant — PETULÁNT, Ă, petulanţi, te, adj. (livr.) Care manifestă sau trădează o ardoare exuberantă (bruscă şi adesea dezordonată); p. ext. îndrăzneţ, temerar. – Din fr. pétulant. Trimis de oprocopiuc, 15.03.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  PETULÁNT adj. v. brav,… …   Dicționar Român

  • pétulant — pétulant, ante (pé tu lan, lan t ) adj. Qui a de la pétulance. •   Quand un moineau du voisinage S en vint les visiter, et se fit compagnon Du pétulant pierrot et du sage raton, LA FONT. Fabl. XII, 2. •   Il me suffira de dire en gros que son… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • petulant — PETULANT, [petul]ante. adj. Vehement, emporté, violent, qui a peine à se contenir. Il est fort petulant. il est d un naturel petulant …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • petulant — 1590s, immodest, wanton, saucy, from M.Fr. petulant (mid 14c.), from L. petulantem (nom. petulans) wanton, froward, insolent, from the root of petere rush at, seek (see PETITION (Cf. petition)). Meaning peevish, irritable first recorded 1775,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • petulant — [pech′ə lənt] adj. [L petulans (gen. petulantis), forward, petulant < base of petere, to rush at, fall: see FEATHER] 1. Obs. forward or insolent 2. impatient or irritable, esp. over petty things; peevish petulance n. petulancy petulantly adv …   English World dictionary

  • Petulant — (v. lat.), ungestüm, muthwillig, schadenfroh; daher Petulanz, 1) Muthwille, Necken, Foppen; 2) die Neigung hierzu …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Petulánt — (lat.), mutwillig, ausgelassen; Petulánz, Mutwille, Neckerei, Ausgelassenheit …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Petulant — Petulant, aus dem Lat., muthwillig; Petulanz, Muthwille …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • petulant — I adjective acrimonious, annoyed, argumentative, bad tempered, bearish, cantankerous, captious, carping, cavilling, censorious, choleric, churlish, contentious, crabbed, crabby, cranky, cross, cross tempered, crusty, curmudgeonly, difficult,… …   Law dictionary

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