- The quality of being childishly sulky or bad-tempered: a slight degree of petulance had crept into his voiceMore example sentences
peevishness, bad temper, ill temper, pettishness, pique, impatience, irritability, moodiness, sulkiness, snappishness, touchiness, waspishness, irascibility, tetchiness, testiness, querulousness, fractiousness, cantankerousness, grumpiness, grouchiness, crabbiness, ill humour, spleen; sullenness, surliness, sourness, churlishness, ungraciousness; Northern English mardiness• informal whinginessNorth American • informal crankiness, a sore head
- I have never seen him descend to such a depth of petulance and spitefulness that he reached last night.
- Calderwood was so angered by the petulance he refused to acknowledge his midfielder.
- Anger would have been misplaced, petulance completely out of character.