petulant

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 Petulant — (v. lat.), ungestüm, muthwillig, schadenfroh; daher Petulanz, 1) Muthwille, Necken, Foppen; 2) die Neigung hierzu …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 9 Petulánt — (lat.), mutwillig, ausgelassen; Petulánz, Mutwille, Neckerei, Ausgelassenheit …

    Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • 10 Petulant — Petulant, aus dem Lat., muthwillig; Petulanz, Muthwille …

    Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 11 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

  • 12 petulant — irritable, fractious, peevish, pettish, snappish, waspish, huffy, fretful, querulous Analogous words: cross, cranky, touchy, testy (see IRASCIBLE): impatient, restive, fidgety …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 13 petulant — [adj] crabby, moody bad tempered, captious, caviling, complaining, cranky*, cross, crybaby*, displeased, fault finding, fractious, fretful, grouchy, grumbling, huffy, ill humored, impatient, irritable, mean, peevish, perverse, pouting, querulous …

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  • 14 petulant — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ childishly sulky or bad tempered. DERIVATIVES petulance noun petulantly adverb. ORIGIN Latin petulans impudent …

    English terms dictionary

  • 15 petulant — [[t]pe̱tʃʊlənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is petulant is unreasonably angry and upset in a childish way. His critics say he s just being silly and petulant... He picked the pen up with a petulant gesture. Derived words: petulantly ADV GRADED ADV …

    English dictionary

  • 16 PÉTULANT — ANTE. adj. Vif, impétueux et brusque, qui a peine à se contenir. Il est fort pétulant. Il est d un naturel pétulant, d une humeur pétulante …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 17 petulant — petulantly, adv. /pech euh leuhnt/, adj. moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, esp. over some trifling annoyance: a petulant toss of the head. [1590 1600; < L petulant (s. of petulans) impudent, akin to petere to seek, head for] Syn.… …

    Universalium

  • 18 petulant — [ pɛtjʊl(ə)nt] adjective childishly sulky or bad tempered. Derivatives petulance noun petulantly adverb Origin C16 (in the sense immodest ): from Fr. pétulant, from L. petulant impudent …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 petulant — adjective Etymology: Latin or Middle French; Middle French, from Latin petulant , petulans; akin to Latin petere to go to, attack, seek more at feather Date: 1598 1. insolent or rude in speech or behavior 2. characterized by temporary or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 petulant — adjective /ˈpɛtʃələnt,ˈpɛtjələnt/ childishly irritable. Lack of sleep is causing Daves recent petulant behavior. Syn: huffy, snappish, irritable, grouchy, bad tempered, ill tempered Ant: eas …

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