Thursday, May 15, 2008

Word of the day #36: petulant


Audio Help /ˈpɛtʃələnt/ [pech-uh-luhnt]
moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, esp. over some trifling annoyance: a petulant toss of the head.

[Origin: 1590–1600; < L petulant- (s. of petulāns) impudent, akin to petere to seek, head for] —Related forms
pet·u·lant·ly, adverb
—Synonyms irritable, peevish, fretful, pettish, touchy.

I used this in a sentence the other day and then realized that I didn't know if it was really the right word. I looked it up and it was *perfect*.

"Her attitude is petulant. Don't let it bother you."

Yeah me! My vocabulary is better than I though! LOL


Michelle said...

I've never heard of the word petulant. My husband was very petulant with me when I couldn't find my car keys. :D

Thanks for the lesson!

shirley319 said...

I think my 10 year old is petulant all the time!