Adjective "Petulant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person or their manner) childishly sulky or bad-tempered.
  1. 'a petulant shake of the head'
  2. 'He had his arms folded and was sneering like a petulant brat.'
  3. 'It's all because I am consumed by trying to make it work right away, like some petulant child.'
  4. 'After all, she is a teenage girl and they tend to be somewhat melodramatic, whiny and petulant.'
  5. 'Sometimes she reminds me of a petulant child holding its breath to get its way.'
  6. 'His reputation is that he's only interested in winning and that he's a petulant loser.'
  7. 'Mattie had come in like some petulant kid and thrown himself in a corner.'
  8. 'Though personally brave, he was petulant and totally lacking in judgement - a mere shooting star.'
  9. 'She's as assertive and capable as he is petulant and out of his element.'
  10. 'The film reveals him as a petulant child, given absolute authority!'
  11. 'Iaina pouted, resembling a petulant child instead of the full grown woman she was.'


1. moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some trifling annoyance: a petulant toss of the head.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be petulant with people."

"people can be petulant."

"children can be petulant."

"behaviours can be petulant."

"fires can be petulant."

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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.