Definition of pettish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛtɪʃ/


(Of a person or their behaviour) childishly bad-tempered and petulant: he comes across in his journal entries as spoiled and pettish
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  • The teacher admitted punishing the child, although he denied that the punishment was inappropriate, and he suggested that ‘these children are very pettish in manner, and I have no doubt that they sometimes tell stories at home.’
  • He could also be volatile, pettish and confounding.
  • Your statement that all the suffragist arguments "were long ago refuted and sent to limbo" is a mere pettish assertion, quite incapable of proof.



Pronunciation: /ˈpɛtɪʃ(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Obviously my painting wasn't good enough,’ Judith replied pettishly, kicking at the legs of her easel.


Pronunciation: /ˈpɛtɪʃnəs/
Example sentences
  • Emily Brontë is unusual in daring to show, in Linton Heathcliff, a young invalid's tyranny, and a far from graceful decline from pettishness to moroseness.
  • It is their incorrigible pettishness and ignominious attitude towards their voters that makes the whole nation suffer.

Words that rhyme with pettish

coquettish, wettish

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Line breaks: pet|tish

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